Saturday, March 7, 2009

PJM: The Not-So-Special Relationship: Why Obama Snubbed Gordon Brown

[Y]ou'd have thought Obama could have made a bit more of an effort, given that Brown casts himself as a fellow "progressive." And then there's the small matter of Britain being America's staunchest ally in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama will likely have a little more time for Brown after he's told by France and Germany where he can stick his request for more troops.

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Ammunition from a Brit site with no place for comments: 

 a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit [...] reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key.

The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment." 

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