For the past few decades, the United States has had two nations that were, by and large, our staunchest allies — the United Kingdom and Israel. We could almost always count on their support, and we have given them ours. Plus, we have tremendously strong cultural, social, and political ties with them.
But all that seems to be fading, as the Obama administration charts a new diplomatic course. And its unifying theme seems to be “piss off our friends and kiss up to our enemies.”
Ever since he’s taken office, President Obama has inflicted a whole slate of diplomatic insults on these two nations. The cheap shots against England have been ignored, by and large, because the British seem to be something our own leadership isn’t — made up of grownups. And Israel understands that a healthy portion of their national security is based on our support, so they’ve likewise ignored the slights.
But that apparently hasn’t worked, as now it seems that the Obama administration is doubling down. They are weighing in on the Israel-Palestine conflict, and proposing their own solutions — which seem to boil down to making demands and denouncing Israel while ignoring or excusing the Palestinians’ own provocations.
And now in England, the Obama administration might be going even a bit too far for that fabled British stiff upper lip.
The Falkland Islands have always been a sticking point between England and Argentina. The Brits hold them, but the Argies want them. And they even once fought a war for them, almost 30 years ago.
Well, the Argies are making their push again, this time by legalistic means, calling for “arbitration” on ownership. They want the Organization of American States to get involved in the matter.
The British want nothing to do with any such talks. They say that their claim is indisputable, and backed up by the people of the Falklands themselves — who are overwhelmingly pro-British and want nothing to do with Argentina.
Well, into this kettle of fish comes President Obama, saying that he hopes the two sides can resolve their conflict — and, in the process, tips his hand by using the Argentine name for the islands, referring to them as the “Malvinas.”
Remember, this is the “new” diplomacy, the “smart” diplomacy, as crafted by the smartest man in the world and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. That it just might encourage a rerun of the 1982 war is sad and unfortunate and utterly unforeseeable.
But on the plus side, it ought to make several of our foes quite happy, and that’s definitely a worthwhile goal.