Syria: Obama leaves ‘unreliable’ British out in the Maldives
HOW that Special Relationship getting along after Iraq and Afghanistan?
“British military chiefs are being ejected from US meetings about Syria in the first direct consequence of David Cameron’s refusal to join military action. The role of senior British officers based at US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, has been downgraded because they cannot be trusted with high-level intelligence about a conflict with which they are no longer involved, military sources say.”
Last week, John Kerry, the US secretary of state referred to France as “our oldest ally” pointedly not mentioning Britain.
Defence secretary Philip Hammond told Channel 4 News:
“I am disappointed and I am slightly apprehensive. We have a very close working relationship with the Americans. It is a difficult time for our armed forces, having prepared to go into this action, to then be stood down and have to watch while the US acts alone or perhaps the US acts with France… It’s certainly a reversal of the usual position and it will be an uncomfortable place for many people in the British armed forces who are used to working along.”
Does Obama not care for The British? Let we forget his immortal words:
“And in terms of the Maldives or the Falklands, whatever your preferred term, our position on this is that we are going to remain neutral. We have good relations with both Argentina and Great Britain, and we are looking forward to them being able to continue to dialogue on this issue. But this is not something that we typically intervene in.”
Such are the facts…