The vote reflected not only a lack of confidence in the Commons in the prime minister’ Syria strategy, it also demonstrated a striking lack of confidence in Barack Obama and US leadership.
In marked contrast to Obama, President Bush invested a great deal of time and effort in cultivating ties with key US allies, especially Britain. The Special Relationship actually mattered to George W. Bush. For Barack Obama it has been a mere blip on his teleprompter. Bush also went out of his way to build ties with other allies in Europe, including with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, and an array of countries in Eastern and Central Europe. Obama simply hasn’t bothered making friends in Europe, and has treated some nations with sheer disdain and disrespect, including Poland and the Czech Republic. He has found common currency with France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande, an ideological soul-mate, but finds himself in a very lonely position elsewhere across the Atlantic.
- Cameron and Obama: our relationship is still special (blogs.spectator.co.uk)
- A BARACK DIVIDED AGAINST HIMSELF CANNOT STAND: Victor Davis Hanson: Obama Indicts Obama. One of… (pjmedia.com) “One of the problems that Barack Obama has in mounting an attack against the Assad regime is that the gambit violates every argument Barack Obama used against the Bush administration to establish his own anti-war candidacy“.
- Barack Obama’s decision to consult Congress pays David Cameron the highest compliment (blogs.spectator.co.uk)
- As Expected, Liberal Reporters Mock Bush’s 48-State Coalition to Absolve Obama of Failure Abroad (mediaite.com)
- Syrian warmongering turning Obama into Bush’s ‘clone’ (planet.infowars.com)
- Obama To Go It Alone In Syria After UK Snub (patdollard.com)