Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Britain Welcomes Obama

‘We persist in regarding ourselves as a Great Power capable of anything and only temporarily handicapped by economic difficulties.  We are not a Great Power and never will be again.’
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Sir Henry Tizard, chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence, writing in 1949.  His comments upset the cabinet, who had ordered a British nuclear programme in 1946.   Half a century later, another scientific adviser to the MOD, Dr  David Kelly, upset unelected spin-doctor Alastair Campbell.
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‘Dr Kelly took his own life by cutting his left wrist...  There was no involvement by a third person in Dr Kelly’s death.’
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Lord Hutton’s press statement. 
Lord Hutton’s background is law, not medicine.  British health professionals specializing in just such wounds Dr Kelly reportedly ‘died’ from have had the temerity to disagree with Lord Hutton – link. 
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A Derbyshire steel works, Stanton, is
sold as scrap to China
Persisting in thinking ourselves a great power, with a 'special relationship' with the US, we just don't get it.  We're broke.  Our industrial base is gone.  Oil has peaked or is peaking, which is why growth has slowed right down, food and fuel prices are rocketing, and our troops are plonked atop energy supply routes - Resource Wars - link, Peak Oil - link.
  This week President Obama is visiting, and in a joint Times article, Prime Minister David Cameron and Mr Obama described the national relationship, once merely 'special', as 'essential'.  After going about various (yawn) photo opportunities with the Royals (link - The Sun's fawning coverage of the story), President Obama will then meet the odd couple in Downing Street and talk to Mr Cameron as Nick Clegg serves tea and watches out for those crumbs.
  'Tomorrow will be devoted to politics, with talks between Mr Obama and Mr Cameron at 10 Downing Street, followed by an address to both Houses of Parliament in which the President is expected to say that the US has no closer ally in the world than Britain.' - Daily Mail - link.
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A junkie shoots up on the path leading to Park Hill, Sheffield
 Oh yeah?  What about this report, when Obama declared France (of all places) America's strongest ally? - link.  One of Obama's first acts in the Oval Office was to remove Churchill's bust and send it back to the British Embassy. As teh ground war began in Iraq, Bush's first call was to a Saudi Arabian leader.  Blair was number three.  For those of us still clinging to the notion that our nation is somehow a key player on the international stage, consider this; Mr Obama won't even be drinking our water - link.
  Jeez, you know, it's like we're all a load of dumb-asses.  You know?...
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Mainstream drivel
‘Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.’
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Pop-princess Britney Spears explains her position on The War on Terrorism to CNN’s political 'news' correspondent Tucker Carlson – link (content warning; reading drivel CNN interviewing the vacuous Ms Spears is a truly numbing read). 
  Our real position on the world stage is, of course,  military attack dog and arms manufacturer and, conversely, dependable UN poodle.  As a case in point, look at the treatment of Aspergers Syndrome sufferer Gary McKinnon, facing up to 60 years in a US jail for computer hacking - link.  Imagine the Yanks extraditing a US citizen so as to face British punishment. .
British infantry training for the Middle East
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And as for Dr Kelly - why did I mention him?  Just a hunch I guess.  I think there's more to the visit than positioning for a second term.

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'As we (Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell) walked into the Oval Office, Bush was very friendly, said ‘Hey, congratulations, you took on the bastards, and you did great.’  He said he had seen some of my testimony, and that Dan had kept him informed.
  ‘You did great.  You showed that if you are in the right, if you believe in it, and you give no quarter, you can prevail.’  He kept coming back to it in the meeting, almost embarrassingly so.  Cheney was as impassive as ever, Powell was chirpy but looking tired, while Condi was more subdued than usual.’
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Entry for Thursday, July 17, 2003
The Blair Years: Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries - link
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  Condi was more subdued than usual.  The day Dr Kelly died.
The day before his body was found.
When the flag-wavers have gone back to Cheryl and Pippa, X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, their factories and building sites, remember this... the powerful have only their own interests at heart.

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