February 5, 2011, - 9:00 pm
As longtime readers know, I’ve never been one for getting the other countries of the world to “like us better.” I’d prefer they fear and respect us, neither of which happens when we pander to them. If they hates us, so what? I hate them. We’re the United States of America. They need to be worried about whether we like them, not the other way around. Regardless, one of the big campaign themes and mantras of Barack Obama and his supporters was that his election would make the world like us better. Like I said, that shouldn’t be our goal, but it hasn’t even happened. In fact, Barack Obama–while concentrating on pandering to our enemies, like Egypt and the rest of the Islamic world–has managed to deliberately piss off and betray one of our closest allies. Hey, maybe he’s preparing for when the UK becomes Muslim-dominated, and just wanted to start the process ahead of time.
Um, how can we expect our allies to keep confidential the intelligence we share with them, when it’s not a two-way street and it’s shared with one of the most untrustworthy and shaky of nations? More from the Wikileaks treasure trove of ObamAssity (TM):
The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty. . . .
Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.
Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship”, which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website.
Details of the behind-the-scenes talks are contained in more than 1,400 US embassy cables published to date by the Telegraph, including almost 800 sent from the London Embassy, which are published online today [Friday]. . . .
A series of classified messages sent to Washington by US negotiators show how information on Britain’s nuclear capability was crucial to securing Russia’s support for the “New START” deal.
Although the treaty was not supposed to have any impact on Britain, the leaked cables show that Russia used the talks to demand more information about the UK’s Trident missiles, which are manufactured and maintained in the US.
Washington lobbied London in 2009 for permission to supply Moscow with detailed data about the performance of UK missiles. The UK refused, but the US agreed to hand over the serial numbers of Trident missiles it transfers to Britain.
Professor Malcolm Chalmers said: “This appears to be significant because while the UK has announced how many missiles it possesses, there has been no way for the Russians to verify this. Over time, the unique identifiers will provide them with another data point to gauge the size of the British arsenal.”
Duncan Lennox, editor of Jane’s Strategic Weapons Systems, said: “They want to find out whether Britain has more missiles than we say we have, and having the unique identifiers might help them.”
While the US and Russia have long permitted inspections of each other’s nuclear weapons, Britain has sought to maintain some secrecy to compensate for the relatively small size of its arsenal.
William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, last year disclosed that “up to 160” warheads are operational at any one time, but did not confirm the number of missiles.
I wrote about a similarly boneheaded warheads disclosure, last year, by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. It’s a contest between our idiots and the UK’s idiots. And we, the people, are the losers, no matter who wins.
The whole “New START” treaty is fraught with problems. Not only shouldn’t we have signed it, but it’s just complete idiocy to share our allies’ secrets with untrustworthy Russia in order to secure their signature on that worthless piece of paper. It’s simply ObamAsinine (TM).
I can see why more countries are becoming anti-American, including our former friends.
It appears that Mr. Obama will say or do anything for very short-term gain. However, such policies in the long run make our enemies contemptuous of us, while at the same time damaging, if not destroying, allied relationships.
Also, what has Russia expressed other than derision at our antics?
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