Monday, March 23, 2009

The missing link

The Weekly Standard reports, as did other media outlets, that the British were offended by the offhand, dismissive reception Prime Minister Gordon Brown received during his recent trip to Washington. Among other things, when a British reporter asked why there was no formal dinner, a spokesman for the State Department replied: "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world."

Diplomacy often hinges on knowing just what to say and when. If the UK diplomats had intimated that the United Kingdom was on the way to becoming a Muslim country, would President Obama have given Brown more favorable treatment?

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