Obama’s wrong. Americans should back Brexit – and so should you

1776Because Americans love Britain, and because we are a presumptuous lot, we often advise the United Kingdom on its foreign policy. And not only the UK, but Europe. Successive US administrations have urged European nations to form a United States of Europe as an answer to the question attributed to Henry Kissinger: ‘Who do I call if I want to call Europe?’

The latest such unrequested advice was offered to your Prime Minister by no less a foreign-policy maven — see his successes in Libya, Middle East, China, Crimea — than Barack Obama. The outgoing president informed David Cameron that his administration wants to see ‘a strong United Kingdom in a strong European Union’. He seemed to assume that, in the words of the Sinatra ballad, you can’t have one without the other.

But many of us here in the US are rooting for Brexit, and not just because we want what is best for Britain. We think Brexit would be in America’s interests.

Britain has long been America’s most valuable ally.

via Obama’s wrong. Americans should back Brexit – and so should you » The Spectator.

Yup, a full hundred years now, and our history of cooperation goes back even further, to almost immediately after the War of 1812. We’re proud of that, but there’s more. In many ways we are you. We, like you, look back at the long sweep of history and we see our political ancestors, fighting for liberty, against the Stuarts, the Plantagenet’s, and the Normans, all the way to Alfred the Great and perhaps further to Aethelbert of Kent, who wrote the first written law code in any Germanic language. Here, with the codification of Aethelberts’ Law is the origin of The Common Law, our joint heritage, and the one thing above all others that has made Britain and the America the only modern superpowers.

And mind you, the common law is the basis of the entire modern age, without its protection of lives and property from random seizure by an autocratic king, the world we jointly have made, would not exist. It would likely still be Hobbes’s vision, “Nasty, brutish, and short.” Look around, at the world, and where our influence is strongest, the people, not just the rulers prosper, where it wanes, the people suffer.

Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb made a video a few years ago that is on point, I think

I think she correct, and you know, if the Tudors made you what you are, you, at the height of your freedom, made us, it is above all the common heritage of the Anglosphere, and one that the whole world envies. If you would know why Britain and America are hated, look no further, it’s all based in envy of the people, and fear on the part of their rulers. Because we, and pretty much only we, have done all the things required to make it work. The rest, including most of Europe, give our principles only lip service, if that, and that is why thrice in the twentieth century, we, led by Britain and America, have had to rescue them from tyranny. Thrice, no less!

What I see in the European Union is still another attempt to bring Britain back under the control of Europe. One of the best analyses on this I’ve read is from Think Defence, an excellent British defense blog. He ends this way:

From a short to medium term operational defence and security perspective, I actually think the impact of BREXIT would be minimal either way. The advantages and disadvantages of EU membership, at least from this writers view of the defence and security landscape, seem to be hugely exaggerated by both sides of the debate.

NATO would remain, bilateral cooperation would continue and develop in other ways, defence spending will go up and down depending on threats and mechanisms for intelligence sharing explored, developed and implemented.

There are risks and opportunities on either side, but short term doom and gloom or the wide open uplands, in defence and security, you are looking in the wrong place.

At moment, more EU defence generally means more HQ’s, marching bands and flags, but after a remain vote and a period for dealing with the migrant crisis, calls for actual, real and tangible integration will get louder and louder.

For me at least, this is the question we should be dealing with, do we want a single EU state with a single EU Navy, Army and Air Force?

Everything else is a minor detail.

As an American, I can’t help but believe that the day the White Ensign is furled for the last time, succeeded by that obvious rip-off of the canton of the American flag, the chance of real freedom in the world, for all of us, will be reduced immeasurably. The Tudors made you (and us), it would be a shame to let Europe undo six hundred years of improving the human condition.

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8 Responses to Obama’s wrong. Americans should back Brexit – and so should you

  1. the unit says:

    I think you’ve followed the goings on over there pretty closely. I don’t know if as closely as this from The Economist today…”Most polls, and even more strongly THE BOOKMAKERS, put the Remain camp in the lead.”
    Too much at stake for me to make a statement for or against from reading a few articles. Will have to wait for the Shoemakers, the Butchers, the Bakers, and …even the Candlemakers to make up their minds. 🙂
    But hope they don’t listen to Obama.

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      That was rather my, and the author’s point, I think. That’s what the polls say, but theirs are nearly as unreliable as ours.

      And yeah, I read a lot of British sources so I see a lot about it, and I’m getting tired of our politics, as well! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        I’m not disinterested in the welfare of UK. Just have Florida’s electorate on my mind right now…’til late Tuesday night.
        P.S. Just watched old Bill Elliot movie to soothe my nerves. Good always won.

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah, I know, that’s mostly what I’m reading as well, but I don’t have much to add really, so i write about other things, mostly.

          Way it ought to be! The trouble these days is telling good from evil! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          You’re right. I know it when I see it. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          As do I, but we’ve had a few years to learn. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          And sometimes I say the old saying…let me sleep on it. Which with an afternoon nap and night bedtime, I get to do often. 🙂
          Well not so much for difference between, but the right course to take.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, understand completely!

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