Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Always Good Friends - until Ze Chips Are Down; STATESIDE with US Editor Christopher Bucktin Follow Him on Twitter @Chrisbucktin

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Always Good Friends - until Ze Chips Are Down; STATESIDE with US Editor Christopher Bucktin Follow Him on Twitter @Chrisbucktin

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SO BARACK Obama has once again tossed aside the "special relationship" between our two great nations saying that choosing a "best ally" between France and the UK would be like choosing his favourite daughter.

"I have two daughters," the president said, referring to Sasha and Malia. "They are both gorgeous and wonderful, and I would never choose between them. That's how I feel about my out-standing European partners. All of them are wonderful in their own ways."

His response came after he was asked during a State visit by Francois Hollande - the first by a French President since 1976 - if France was replacing the UK as America's greatest ally.

It was yet another clear snub to Britain and came only months after Secretary of State John Kerry disrespected our refusal to support an air strike on war torn Syria.

Instead "Flip Flop" - a nickname earned over Kerry's ability to change his mind so quickly - praised France calling it America's "oldest ally".

He added they were part of a coalition of the willing prepared to strike against dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom he called a "thug and murderer".

Kerry made no mention of Britain in his speech on Syria, but praised France, Australia and even Turkey.

As on so many issues, he appears to have suffered historical amnesia, confusing past friends with strong meaningful allies.

With very few exceptions, since the turn of the 20th century it has been shown that America does not go to war without Britain at its side.

We are, after all, their voice of reason as Syria and the subsequent American climb down proved.

You only need ask a New York cabbie - for me, the political barometers of the US - and they'll tell you Americans tend to mistrust the French even more than we do.

Famously, after their refusal to support the allied invasion of Iraq in 2003, they were renamed "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" across the States as the electorate boycotted all French products.

McDonalds French Fries even saw a drop in sales because of the association with France.

Now I have nothing against the French, admittedly there is history between Paris and Washington. …

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