While the reckless actions of the United States government in recent years have certainly stirred up resentment at home against American policies, it would seem that the traditional “best friend” of the US may now begin to publicly display a similar level of resentment. A British House of Commons committee stated Sunday that the special relationship between the US and the UK needs to be ended, also adding that the UK no longer wishes to be seen as America’s “poodle.” Agence France-Press reports:
Talk of a “special relationship” between Britain and the United States should be dropped, a House of Commons committee said Sunday, adding the Iraq war carried important lessons for Anglo-US ties…
…”The UK must continue to position itself closely alongside the US but there is a need to be less deferential and more willing to say no where our interests diverge,” the committee chairman, Labour’s Mike Gapes,said, summing up the report.
He added that the phrase “special relationship” — first coined byWinston Churchill in 1946, the year after World War II — was “potentially misleading, and we recommend that its use should be avoided…”
…”The perception that the British government was a subservient ‘poodle’ to the US administration leading up to the period of the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath is widespread both among the British public and overseas,” it said.
Read the rest of this article here. It is interesting to note that Barack Obama himself planned to end the special relationship between the two countries before taking office in early 2009. This somewhat brings into question whether Britain is voluntarily withdrawing from this abusive marriage, or is simply being forced out by a violent husband that no longer sees her as useful. In early 2009, the Telegraph reported:
Foreign Office officials admit that they feel “threatened” by Mr Obama’s plans to “flirt” with others and they know that the British influence may seem to wane in Washington as Mr. Obama looks elsewhere to forge friendships and alliances on the world stage.
Read the rest of the 2009 Telegraph article here. Also, it is interesting to note that such strained relations come at a difficult time for the US, which already is having international troubles on the other side of the world with China.Published in