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Britain-US “Special Arrangement” is over.

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All week, the British tabloids have been building up Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s meeting with Barak Obama and how he was going to:

  • team up with Obama to reinvigorate the global economy
  • extend Bush’s ‘special relationship’ between America and Britain
  • warn Obama against protectionism

Well, it all fell flat with Barack Obama’s offhand approach to Gordon Brown’s Washington visit … and the British press is embarrassed

A British official conceded that the furore surrounding the apparent snub to Mr Brown had come as a shock to the White House. “I think it’s right to say that their focus is elsewhere, on domestic affairs. A number of our US interlocutors said they couldn’t quite understand the British concerns and didn’t get what the fuss was all about.”

The real views of the Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key.

The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.”

Well, that was a slap in the face!  Rather than face the fact that Britain no longer enjoys a special arrangement with the US, The Sunday Telegraph’s article suggests that Barack Obama was simply too exhausted to give the visit the importance they felt it deserved and went into great depth on Obama getting grey hairs and overextending himself.

For the rest of the world, it is a good sign – one that tells them that all bets are off and that past favours cannot be called in.

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Written by Greg Naylor

9 March 2009 at 12:30 am

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  1. Seeing as though Britain were co-conspirators in the great lie of Iraq (and Brown is from the same Govt that did it) it’s no surprise Obama would distance himself from that administration. What’s he gunna say, “Hi, nice trick you guys played about the war – go talk to your mate W, you lying a*hole”? I wouldn’t blame him for that.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    9 March 2009 at 6:01 pm

    • By extension, are you suggesting that President Obama will distance himself from Australia – or that Australia will be thought of in a better light than England because Kevin Rudd in NOT from the same government as Howard?

      With the possibility that the $US may be superceded by other currencies, one would have thought President Obama would be looking for all the financial support he could get at this time.

      Greg Naylor

      9 March 2009 at 7:30 pm

  2. Kevin Rudd is NOT from the same government as Howard

    You answered your own question, Greg. Of course Obama & Rudd will be ‘soul mates’. I can just see Rudd now, doing the ‘moon walk’ on stage with his new found buddy. Maybe they’ll go out and get pissed together – at a strip club. It won’t hurt their images.

    As for Obama looking for support outside America, it won’t be in the UK, who are also in deep sh*t. Or Japan. Watch him suck up to the Chinese though.

    The big benefit here is for Australia who are still friends with the U.S. AND who have major links with China. I tells ya, Oz is gunna boom again … and soon.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    9 March 2009 at 8:23 pm

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