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January 14, 2011 / Political Fluency

The Most Important Story That You Missed

The media hysterics over the shooting rampage at Congresswoman Giffords’ “Congress on Your Corner” event overshadowed a troubling statement by the President that affects America’s diplomatic position in the world.

There is a serious issue with this President’s handling of our relationship with our best ally, Great Britain, over the past two years. This statement goes beyond incompatible DVD’s, the self-absorbed iPod gift to the Queen, and the inexplicable return of the Winston Churchill bust.

The President here is reacting to the kidnapping of two French citizens by Al-Qaida in Niger and rightfully offering his support to France. But he takes the support a step too far. This is quite different than the position the United States took after Al-Qaida attacked on September 11th.

At the time, President George W. Bush made an official address to Congress where he remarked:

And on behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its outpouring of support.

America will never forget the sounds of our national anthem playing at Buckingham Palace, and on the streets of Paris, and at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. We will not forget South Korean children gathering to pray outside our embassy in Seoul, or the prayers of sympathy offered at a mosque in Cairo.

We will not forget moments of silence and days of mourning in Australia and Africa and Latin America.

America has no truer friend than Great Britain. Once again, we are joined together in a great cause. The British prime minister has crossed an ocean to show his unity of purpose with America, and tonight we welcome Tony Blair…

Telling your Best Man or your Maid of Honor that they are being replaced and will only be a regular part of the bridal party is a big deal. It’s great that our relations with France have improved compared to five years ago, but this should not come at the expense of the country that has sent the most troops to our aid.

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