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To the Back of the Queue

Monday, June 27th, 2016

If I go there will be trouble
And if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

The Clash                            

Maybe it was the fear of Britain being overrun by immigrating Turks.  Maybe Brits had enough of being told what to do by elitist policy makers in Brussels.  But Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was also a rebuke of President Obama.

You may recall that President Obama announced on his recent visit to the UK that if Brits voted to leave the EU, the UK would be moved to “the back of the queue” for trade deals.  Maybe he’ll call his new policy with the United Kingdom “trading from behind.” EU

The comment didn’t endear him to British voters, but our president wasn’t exactly an anglophile to begin with, having confessed to removing the bust of Winston Churchill from the White House.  To our knowledge, he hasn’t replaced it with a bust of Che Guevara, but he’s treated Iran’s mullahs with more respect than he has our friends the Brits.

Perhaps after watching the Dow Jones Industrial Average drop more than 500 points during the early minutes of trading, President Obama’s tone was more conciliatory on Friday, as he said, “The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision,” adding that, “The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring.”  (more…)

A Not-So-United Kingdom

Friday, September 12th, 2014

                                   “Separation is forever.”                               Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer

Any time you divide one number by another number, you end up with a smaller number.

And so it is with Scotland’s vote to succeed from the not-so-United Kingdom, which is scheduled to take place on Sept. 18.

The vote appears too close to call, but even the fact that it’s taking place is disconcerting.  As Rupert Murdoch tweeted, “Scottish poll reflects world-wide disillusion with political leaders and old establishments, leaving openings for libertarians and far left.”

Well, at least the less-Great Britain will still have Wales.  For now, anyway.scotland_colour_map

Why should we care about what’s happening across the Atlantic?  Asking what tiny Scotland has to do with the fate of the U.S. is like asking what tiny Greece has to do with the fate of Europe.

Putting aside the economic impact, this is a time when the world’s democracies need to be united against a growing terrorist threat.  Even President Obama acknowledged this week that ignoring the world’s problems won’t make them go away, when he declared war on the Islamic State.  (OK, he didn’t call it a war, he called it a “counter-terrorism campaign.”  And his predecessors called fighting in Vietnam a “conflict.”)

So, at a time when America is seeking to rally its allies in battle against the Islamic State, one of America’s strongest allies is distracted by an internal split.  Consider what The Spectator had to say about the upcoming vote:

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