April 17, 2013

Good Riddance

We, and our friends across the pond, shouldn't be surprised that Obama is not among those attending Baroness Thatcher's funeral today.  I, for one, am ashamed, but thankful that our governmental leadership has declined to attend.  I won't recount the numerous embarrassing things the Obamas have during previous encounters with the Queen and her English, choosing instead to breathe a sigh of relief that we won't have to hear of another this week - that is, of course, assuming that snubbing one of our closest allies as they lay to rest a hero of modern politics, isn't embarrassing enough for you.
There’s no other way to interpret this: it’s a deliberate and profoundly embarrassing slight to a vital American ally.  Granted, the United Kingdom isn’t quite as vital to American history, culture, business, or strategic interest as a world-straddling hyper-power like Ghana.  From Front Page Magazine:

When John Atta Mills, the President of Ghana, died last year, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally led the delegation to his funeral along with such figures as Johnnie Carson, the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, General Carter F. Ham, the Commander of the United States Africa Command and Grant T. Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs.
But under Barack Obama, what Ghana gets, the United Kingdom does not. Instead the US delegation to the Thatcher funeral looks a lot like the US delegation to the Chavez funeral. Two former secretaries of state friendly to Thatcher and several congressmen who agreed with her views, including Michelle Bachmann.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is coming. Barack Obama obviously is not. Neither is any high ranking member of his government. As at Chavez’s funeral, the highest ranking Federal official will be the charge d’affaires at the American embassy. It’s hard to get any lower profile than that.
All four former presidents were invited. Nancy Reagan and George Bush Sr. are not healthy enough to travel. The rest apparently didn’t care. Former VP Dick Cheney however will be attending, which is about as close as you can get. Newt Gingrich will also be there.
As for Obama. The man who had no room for Churchill in the White House would certainly have no time to take a break from his umpteenth golf game to pay tribute to a woman who represents everything that he is working to destroy.
I should make the obvious comparison being made, that of our country's actions for dictator Hugo Chavez:
In addition to James Derham, who presently serves as Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in the Venezuelan capital, the State Department said Thursday that the delegation to the socialist revolutionary’s funeral will include U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, New York Democrat, and former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, Massachusetts Democrat.
Jesse Jackson and Sean Penn also made the trip.

I love my country, but, sheesh, this administration sure makes it hard to be a proud American on the world wide stage.  I won't apologize for Blowie - I didn't vote for him and take no responsibility for the things he does - but the damage he is doing both internally, and on the world stage, policy-wise and friendly-ally-wise, are going to take years to fix.

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