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Obama Inc. Retaliates Against UK by Barring British Officers from Meetings
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On September 4, 2013 @ 9:51 am In The Point | 12 Comments
This seems oddly childish and petty. But then again, that’s who is running the show these days in the United States.
Prime Minister Cameron was pushing for the Syria strikes much harder than Obama was. The reason they didn’t happen was parliamentary. Since then Cameron has made it clear that the UK wants to involved to the legal limit and will provide and share intelligence from its nearby listening stations and air bases in Cyprus.
Marginalizing British officers as unreliable over the parliamentary vote is stupid and crazy. Especially since Obama will still need the UK in the operation.
Military sources have claimed that the role of senior British officers at the US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, has been downgraded because their American counterparts believe that they cannot be trusted with high-level intelligence about a conflict with which they are not involved.
Roughly 30 British personnel have been working alongside the Americans and French and have been involved war planning for a number of weeks, including fine-tuning a list of targets and orchestrating military assets.
But after Mr Cameron ruled out an attack following a Commons defeat on Syrian action last Thursday the officers have been told that they can no longer participate in classified plans, the Times reported.
No British officers are now engaged in military planning and none will be involved in the execution of the operation, a British defence official confirmed.
This is because Britain is now “non-reliable as far as this operation is concerned”, one former officer claimed.
Pentagon sources have played down the snub, claiming that it would be “normal” for any country which is no longer involved in an operation to stop being included in the planning process.
“I wouldn’t read much into this,” a senior source said.
Except Cameron has made it clear that he would still like to be involved. Just not the extent of launching actual strikes. And despite that limitation, the UK has a good deal more to offer there than anyone else does, considering the level of intel from the Cyprus station.
Remind me again how Obama was going to repair our relations with Europe.
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