Loudmouth Yanks, with gobs as wide as the Grand Canyon and with nothing useful issuing forth from them, continue to utter their anti-British platitudes because an Anglo-American company which is more American than British has spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
And America's joke of a President, who is getting more unpopular everyday, even compares this oil spill to 9/11, which must offend hundreds of families.
Does Obama really believe that an ACCIDENTAL oil slick is on the same scale as a deliberate terrorist attack which killed almost 3000 people?
You would think that with such a comparison, and with Tony Hayward's disgraceful treatment by a US Senate committee, that BP had caused this oil slick on purpose!
And all this comes at a time when it's revealed that British troops are dying at a rate of four times that of US troops in Afghanistan. If the US people as a whole don't start to grow up a bit (it's not the first time that US adults have acted like adolescents) and remember that there was no similar anti-Americanism from the British when the US-owned Piper Alpha oil rig exploded off the British coast in 1988 killing 167 people, then Great Britain will pull its troops out of Afghanistan to leave the US effectively on its own.
Brit bashing is Barack Obarmy
18/06/2010 (external - login to view)
By Tony Parsons
Anti-British: Obama removed the bust of Winston Churchill, which Britain gave to the US as a gift following 9/11, from the Oval Office when he came to power
Future historians will not ask if President Barack Obama was anti-British – they will wonder exactly how anti-British.
We are accustomed to US leaders who are rather fond of the Brits.
Baby-boomers like Clinton and Bush were listening to Exile On Main Street and Abbey Road as they ducked the draft for the Vietnam War.
An earlier generation of American Presidents like John F Kennedy and George Bush Senior fought alongside the British in the Second World War. Obama is very different.
Reading his book, Dreams From My Father, you are struck repeatedly by his deep antipathy towards the British. Their arrogance in colonial Africa. The cruelty towards the Mau Mau in Kenya. The racism of the British, who called Obama’s Kenyan grandfather “boy”, even when he was an old man (if you choose to believe Obama's story, that is).
A lot of this is understandable in a man of his heritage.
But it’s ironic Obama seems to bear such a grudge about the Empire while apparently willing to forgive and forget 500 years of slavery in America. If he wants to see what institutionalised racism looks like, then US history is not a bad place to start.
Almost his first act upon entering the Oval office was to remove a bust of Winston Churchill given to the American people in the aftermath of 9/11.
BP is about as British as a Big Mac
It was a petty and ungracious little act. But Obama’s anti-British prejudice runs deep and now it has finally been allowed to run amok.
Obama’s reaction to the BP oil spill has been hysterical. Despite his loony repetition of the name "British Petroleum", the company has not actually been called British Petroleum for 12 years, since merging with American oil company Amoco. BP is about as British as a Big Mac. It is an Anglo-American company, with more US employees than British.
So why rabbit on about “British Petroleum”? Because Obama – increasingly unpopular in his own country – bizarrely wants to put an entire nation in the dock for the failings of one multinational.
But the average Brit has as much responsibility for the BP oil spill as the ordinary American has for the Union Carbide gas explosion in Bhopal, India, that has blighted a generation. Which is none at all.
Brits sympathise with Americans who are suffering from this environmental catastrophe. Most of us hope people who suffer get every dollar of compensation they deserve.
But it is nothing to do with us, buddy.
The majority of BP’s employees are American. A large chunk of the company is US-owned.
And comparing the oil spill with 9/11, as Obama has done, is plain barmy.
Those attacks were a deliberate and coldly calculated mass murder of more than 3,000 people.
Does Obama really think BP wanted the oil spill?
Obama was once very popular in Britain. I do not think it is overstating the case to say there was real love for him here. But he has never been keen on the British. And he never will be.
Now the affection the British people felt for Obama is fading fast. I suspect it has less to do with his “British Petroleum” rants and more to do with his total lack of gratitude.
Who fought alongside American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? Who sees their young soldiers coming home in coffins and wheelchairs even as Obama rants about “British Petroleum” on the White House lawn?
The British. And there remains a special bond between this country and the USA that will endure long after Obama has gone.
But it is deeply offensive that the sacrifice of troops in America’s wars means nothing to this fanatically anti-British President.
And I can’t think of a better reason to bring our troops home.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Jun 20th, 2010 at 12:22 PM..