Remember a few months ago when Barack Obama insulted the British Prime Minister with a cheap DVD gift and gave his sons some toys bought from the White House gift shop?
It still passes belief that when the prime minister of Great Britain visited the president of the United States and gave him, as part of the customary exchange of gifts between leaders, Martin Gilbert’s multi-volume biography of Winston Churchill, the president gave the prime minister … a box of DVDs. Either Obama is a transcendent idiot, or, as many observers see it, he deliberately dissed Brown as a way of ending the Special Relationship. It was certainly the biggest slap in the face to a leader of Britain since the Dauphin (the prince) of France, in response to King Henry V’s claim to a right of possession over major parts of France, sent Henry, in a gesture of total contempt, a cask full of tennis balls.
Next, Gordon Brown releases the Lockerbie Bomber on “humanitarian grounds,” ignoring a previous agreement between the U.S. and U.K. to consult on his release, if any:
Gordon Brown faced fresh questions tonight after it emerged that he discussed with Colonel Gaddafi detailed conditions for the Lockerbie bomber’s return nearly six weeks ago, while senior Labour figures warned of an economic backlash from angry Americans “costing our country dear”.
The scale of fury in America was laid bare in a vitriolic letter from the director of the FBI, Robert Mueller – who as a justice department lawyer led the investigation into the bombing – describing the release in a scathing letter to MacAskill as a “mockery of the rule of law” and of the victims’ grief.
And guess which President allowed the Scots to try the Lockerbie bomber with the proviso that we Americans be consulted on any changes in the prisoner’s status; rather than insist on extradition to the U.S.? Take a guess?
That’s right — Bill “Blowjob” Clinton. So it’s really a double slap to the face for the Secretary of State; her husband screwed this up in the first place.
See? Actions have consequences. Why are we surprised?