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    ...Elaborating on the history of HMS Gannet, Ted Bromund explains:

    The ironies here are wonderful, though Obama doesn't seem likely to appreciate them. Of course, the reference to the anti-slavery mission is a nod to Obama's fascination, fervent but not deep, with Abraham Lincoln.

    But HMS Gannet was not, as a casual reader might guess, employed against the trade of slaves from Africa to the New World, and since it was built in 1878, it has nothing to do with Lincoln or slavery in the United States. It sailed the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, patrolling against Islamist slavers. In the Red Sea, the Africans it saved would have come, among other places, from Kenya. Obama has made mention of his grandfather's antipathy to Britain, stemming from his experiences in colonial Kenya. It is quite possible that grandfather's ancestors would, had it not been for the Royal Navy, have been carried away to slavery in Arabia.

    The British campaign against the slave trade is instructive for another, more important, reason. By volume of business, it was the Foreign Office's most important concern for much of the 19th century. In the courts of Europe and the New World, Britain sought to negotiate effective treaties against the trade. But Britain did not restrict itself to diplomacy. Far too often, treaties were negotiated and then not enforced. Britain's first response to this was usually to negotiate again, but its patience was not infinite

    Here Bromund quotes an account of one of the ship's engagements:

    [In June 1850], British warships entered Brazilian ports to flush out vessels being fitted for the slave trade. The subsequent burning and scuttling of suspected slave ships, and exchanges with coastal batteries, resulted in a predictable outcry in Brazil, including a call for the government to consider war with Britain. Wiser counsels prevailed, and in the summer of 1850 new legislation placed a comprehensive ban on the importation of slaves and measures for the seizure of vessels fitted for the trade. Unlike previous acts, these provisions were rigorously enforced and within twelve months the Brazilian slave trade was effectively extinct.

    What might President Obama learn from this history? Bromund draws the lesson:

    In short, Britain's campaign against the slave trade combined diplomacy and unilateral force in a highly effective and sustained way. Diplomacy provided legitimacy, but the British were not willing to be bound by treaties that did not bind the other side: if they felt they were being made fools of, they acted. Negotiations were meant to achieve a distinct aim: they were a means of policy, not an end in itself.

    Bromund comments:

    How unlike the current administration, which congratulates Hugo Chávez on winning his "dictator for life" referendum, has responded with "utter passivity" to a series of Russian, Pakistani, and Iranian provocations, and which cannot wait to stab Eastern Europe in the back by selling them out on missile defense. Maybe that pen holder is Brown's way of encouraging Obama to show a little of the old-fashioned British spirit, and to recognize that endless negotiations not backed by steel are a mistake if they come at the cost of the nation's values and honor.

    ... MORE: Reader Ken Gage observes: "Going back to the topic of is he just that stupid or is he doing it on purpose, consider the fact that Gordon Brown is blind in one eye and has some visual deterioration in the other (how much is unclear). A calculated insult could not have been more on-target." ...
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    Maybe Obama is just waiting for Cameron to be PM before he breaks out the good stuff? Hey it's only one foreign leader of a powerful ally nation, he'll get another chance?
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    Maybe he'll actually break down and buy the next foreign dignitary a Shamwow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celestron View Post
    Maybe he'll actually break down and buy the next foreign dignitary a Shamwow.

    This dude totally looks like a Scarran.
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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    The guy is like school on Sunday.

    Guess that's to be expected from a one term junior senator that had no business even being considered for the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tacitus View Post
    Cheap bastard.
    He has no class. You'd think they could find someone in their administration that has a clue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tacitus View Post
    Cheap bastard.
    That's a liberal for you.
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    Hey, look on the bright side, maybe they were all Blue Ray....????

    um......
    Hey careful man! There's a beverage here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celestron View Post
    Maybe he'll actually break down and buy the next foreign dignitary a Shamwow.

    reminds me of...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonnabend View Post
    He must have searched DVD rental houses for an hour to find that.
    The latest edition of NewsBusted (http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/checker.aspx?v=yd8z6UqG4z) includes this joke: "Many in England were insulted when President Obama gave Prime Minister Gordon Brown a gift of 25 American movies on DVD. Even more insulting were the 25 Netflix envelopes Obama gave Brown so he could mail them back."
    Nothing says "idiot inside" better than an Obama/Biden bumper sticker.
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