Mr John Kerry appears more than a little put out with a decision by the British Parliament not to support the US in what is likely to prove a premature decision to use military might against the Syrian regime.
In a speech today, the US Secretary of State made much of François Hollande’s decision to continue supporting the US in their proposed action, calling France, “the US’s oldest ally”. Apparently, this was a reference to the historical fact that America would never have won their War of Independence against Britain without the military support of the French. France’s lack of enthusiasm for the 2002 war in Iraq, which resulted in all American fast food establishments renaming, “French fries”, as, “Freedom fries”, has, it seems, been conveniently forgotten.
Mr Kerry failed to give Britain a mention, a snub that has engendered acute bowel dysfunction among certain British politicians, causing the Westminster lavatories to overflow, and a hasty call for Dyno-Rod to supply a plumbing fix.
According to the Guardian:
Defence secretary Philip Hammond has expressed apprehension about the future of Britain’s defence ties with the US. Hammond’s comments came as John Kerry, the US secretary of state, praised France as the oldest ally of the US and made no mention of Britain.
In an interview with Channel 4 News, the defence secretary showed how the Anglo-American special relationship had been shaken by the parliamentary defeat when he said that France’s renewed alliance with the US placed Britain in an “uncomfortable place”.
Hammond told Channel 4 News: “I am disappointed and I am slightly apprehensive. We have a very close working relationship with the Americans. It is a difficult time for our armed forces, having prepared to go into this action, to then be stood down and have to watch while the US acts alone or perhaps the US acts with France.”
Asked about the renewed Franco-American alliance, Hammond said: “It’s certainly a reversal of the usual position and it will be an uncomfortable place for many people in the British armed forces who are used to working alongside the Americans as an everyday, normal course of business.”
One can only speculate as to which members of the armed forces Mr Hammond is referring. While the Brigadiers and other of the military elite, used to quaffing club brandies alongside their bejeweled and tin-gong bedecked US equals, may find the situation somewhat of an embarrassment, it’s highly unlikely the ordinary British soldier, sailor, or airman, will be anything other than highly relieved that he/she isn’t going to be ordered to put their lives on the line, yet again, in some foreign war that’ll certainly prove another total, bloody waste of men, machines, money, and time.
Meanwhile, that excuse for a British socialist Labour Party leader, Mr Ed Milliband…
…following the Parliamentary vote, goes immediately, cap in hand, to lick America’s arse and declare undying devotion, should he and his party happen to win the next British general election:
Ed Milliband reached out to Washington by making clear that he still remains committed to the Anglo-American special relationship. In a Guardian article, Miliband also makes clear that the US will always play a leadership role in the world.
The Labour leader writes: “I believe the special relationship should and will endure. Our shared history, values and institutions require nothing less. And there is no solution to most of the problems of the world, whether it is the Middle East peace process, climate change or Syria, which does not go through the United States.”
And just maybe, Mr Milliband, that’s the problem. So far, the United States of America has miserably failed to reach any sort of Middle East peace agreement, despite decades of so-called ‘negotiations’; has ignored climate change for years while its own population burns, is flooded out, or whole communities decimated by super-tornadoes – and you expect them to solve the Syrian problem?
Do us all a favor, Mr Milliband, go stick your head up your backside and see if you can find any common sense up there, because for sure, none of it ever manages to find its way out of your mouth.
The US attack on Syria has been planned for months. Those who hold the reigns of US power have wanted shut of Assad for years. Like Iran, Syria is a thorn in America’s side because it refuses to do as it’s told. The only reason it wasn’t included in George W Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil’ is because he couldn’t count beyond three.
The US dilemma is: how to get rid of Assad without letting in al Qaeda and Co.. Now, America is going to prod things along a bit with a few missile strikes on Assad’s military hardware, to slow him down and give the rebels an edge.
The US media has been whipping up public venom for weeks with prejudiced reports and pictures of dead children, supposedly the victims of chemical weapon attacks. Even so, a majority of Americans aren’t in favor of intervention – unless, of course, no Americans are going to get hurt. That reassurance tilts the balance somewhat. It’s that old, well-known, American attitude, ‘I’m all right, Jack, and as long as me and mine aren’t in the firing line, my country can slaughter as many foreigners as it likes’.
Thankfully, unlike the war in Iraq, the British won’t be involved. The British people don’t get bitten twice, and frankly, don’t give a tinker’s cuss for any ‘special relationship’. It’s just seen as ‘politician’s speak’.
Though, it’s highly likely the US manufacturers of ‘English Muffins’, and ‘English Breakfast Tea’, will be rushing to rename their brands. No doubt, ‘Freedom Muffins’, and, ‘Freedom Breakfast Tea’, will be appearing on the shelves of Walmart in the very near future.
 “UK-US special relationship in danger, warns Philip Hammond” Guardian, August 30th 2013