jamiebk wrote:Yeah...OK, but it's not an "oil spill" issue
I'm not sure. Would he perhaps be more sympathetic, or at least take a milder tone, if the company involved did not have the British connection? I can only speculate but, as Iliam notes, he continually refers to them as 'British Petroleum'. Surely someone in his cabinet has notified him that they do not go by that name anymore.[/quote
[Easy target for Obama
Recent events in the United States serve to demonstrate what a foolish fallacy the idea is of there being a "special relationship" between that country and Great Britain. BP, or British Petroleum, as Mr Obama prefers to name it, is being ripped to shreds in a feeding frenzy of greed by American lawyers and lawmakers alike.
The loss of dividends to this country will be huge. Equally huge, and something that is carefully not being mentioned by our politicians as yet, will be the consequent loss of tax revenues to the British Treasury. This loss of national income, which we can ill afford, will be viewed with understandable alarm by our foreign creditors on whose goodwill we now depend.
Let anyone who is tempted to believe the anti-BP propaganda consider this; is it possible to believe, even for a moment, that the Americans would have behaved in the same manner towards a Russian or Chinese-owned company? Not a chance. The Americans do not see us as friends – just an easy target too weak to hit back. Let us at least get out of Afghanistan. Or are we too terrified of the Americans to do even that?
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