The View From 1776
Friday, July 27, 2012
Doing The Pundit Pounce
Liberal-progressive talk show hosts are jumping all over Mitt Romney’s purported lack of understanding of the historical special relationship between the United States and Great Britain. This because Romney stated his concern that the security firm hired to protect London during the Olympics had not yet employed a sufficient number of guards.
These pundits wish, at the same time, to overlook Obama’s dumping all over that relationship, as Charles Krauthammer notes:
On the contrary. Obama started his presidency by returning to the British Embassy the bust of Winston Churchill that had graced the Oval Office. Then came the State Department official who denied the very existence of a U.S.-British special relationship, saying: “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world.”
To be topped off by the slap they received over the Falkland Islands, an issue the Brits had considered closed since they repelled the Argentine invasion there 30 years ago. They were not amused by the Obama administration’s studied neutrality between Britain and Argentina, with both a State Department spokesman and the president ostentatiously employing “Malvinas,” the politically charged Argentine name, interchangeably with “Falklands.” (Although the president flubbed it, calling them the “Maldives,” an Indian Ocean island chain 8,000 miles away.)