Monday, May 27, 2013
Obama Threatens The UK If They Leave The EU
This is one of those stories that makes headlines overseas but will barely be reported here.
There is a significant political movement in Britain in favor of exiting the European Union. It's gotten to the point where a number of members of Britain's Conservative party have pledged themselves to make an election alliance with Britain's UK Independent Party(UKIP) and embrace real conservative principles (including exiting the increasingly dysfunctional EU) instead of the faux conservatism embodied by PM David Cameron and the conservative establishment, something that should be recognizable to conservatives on this side of the Pond watching the antics of RINOS here in America.
Cameron met earlier this month with President Barack Obama in Washington and as it now comes out, President Obama is threatening the UK with financial blackmail if they exit the EU.
There's a multi-billion dollar trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)in the works. It's not the best deal from a US standpoint - it removes the relatively low tariffs of about 3% to 5% between the US and Europe, would allow EU companies to bid for state contracts and undercut US firms and enforces uniform regulations on both sides of the Atlantic, which would include the EU's farcical carbon tax and cap and trade legislation. Think of it as NAFTA for Europe.
But TTIP is worth a great deal of money to the EU. And President Obama openly threatened Cameron that if Britain leaves the EU, Britain will not only be excluded from the agreement but that the US would be unwilling to negotiate a separate deal with the UK.
The link comes from the reliably Left wing Guardian, but even they can't conceal the fact that what we have here is a sitting American president attempting to blackmail an ally financially to influence maters that directly pertain to their sovereignty.
To underline this, the story reveals that President Obama's BFF, Islamist Prime Minister Tayipp Erdogan of Turkey flew to DC earlier this month to get President Obama to include Turkey in the TTIP...even though Turkey is not a member of the EU.
Britain has put up with numerous insults and snubs since President Obama took office, yet by and large they've swallowed them and remained one of his consistent cheerleaders,even to the point of smearing his opponent in the last election.
Perhaps it's time the British realized that he just doesn't like them all that much, and never has.