Just a brief diatribe on the PM’s visit to Washington D.C.
Yes it was a long arranged visit but the questions I have are: What is the point? Can’t they just discuss and agree on pulling out of Afghanistan early on the phone and leave the details to their respective staffs? They are not signing any agreements, trade or otherwise. Literally what is so important that Cameroon has to fly thousands of miles for?
Oh yes, electioneering. Clearly for Cameron being seen side by side with pretty much the most famous man (let alone politician) in the world is a political boost. However there is also something in it for Obama. He has been criticised (bizarrely) for throwing Israel ‘under the bus’ by Republican Presidential hopefuls such Mitt Romney. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSAkzUuxKZk
By appearing alongside Cameron and no doubt reaffirming ‘The Special Relationship’ Obama can use this to point to his commitment to a steadfast allied nation and limit the damage of any attacks on this issue inflicted by whomever is to be his rival in the Presidential race.
As for the ‘Special Relationship’, enough already! For as long as both nations exist The US & UK whether for good or bad will always be allied on many, many levels. I wish the media in this country could just take a step back and rationally analyse the alliance rather than crying foul if we are seen as too close to the US or for some perceived slight delivered by Obama (http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/222664/UK-fury-as-President-Obama-cosies-… and then precede to bang on about Churchill & Roosevelt’s relationship during World War2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/4623148/Barack-Obama-se…
The UK has and needs to foster further close alliances throughout the world other than that with our Atlantic cousins. Actually just forget it, the third news story on BBC Radio5live tonight consisted of the following ”David Cameron became the first non-US leader to travel on Air Force One with any President”.
Blah, blah indeed.
By Jonathan Woodrow Martin