Jun 112010

BP is not British Petroleum, the oil spill is not the fault of the British people (many of whose pensions are in BP shares), and Britain has done nothing, nothing to warrant the kind of snide crap being peddled by the current American president, whose approval ratings are in the shitter, and his running-dog lackeys in Congress, who are so stupid they think Guam can capsize and tip over.

Fuck Obama – Support the British! Buy your petrol from BP.

  23 Responses to “Support the British”

  1. The Brits should not take it personally–Obama, anti-capitalist that he is, hates any business (that is not lining his pockets, of course), and looks for opportunities to put them in a bad light with the aim of advancing his socialist agenda. That is not to say that BP is blameless–it is to blame for not having procedures in place to prevent what happened, to cap the flow if it did happen, and to quickly and competently suck the oil up or contain it before it reached shore. It could have happened in the North Sea as well as the Gulf (and still could, I suppose). I doubt that many Americans blame the British people–just BP, as Exxon before it.

    • Yes, absolutely – but there does seem to be a perception here that Americans generally are blaming the British generally for the spill. Like you, I want the British to know that it’s not us, it’s our fuckwit president, and that no reasonable person has any animosity toward the British for what they bear no responsibility for.

      • My perception is that one can do almost anything one wants here if one has a British accent. Americans are fascinated by it, and a great many TV commercials now sport announcers and spokespersons with British or Aussie accents.

  2. Oh, and as to whether Americans will buy fuel from BP: We continue to buy it from Citgo and Hugo fucking Chavez, and anywhere else we can get it. So don’t worry about that.

    • True dat, yo. Mind you, I question the wisdom of the Great O punishing BP financially and yet expecting them to pay for expensive experimental fixes.

      • Like Jimmy Carter, Obama, too, shall pass. Sooner, rather than later, one hopes.

  3. More than 5,000 barrels of oil a day have been leaking from a damaged subsea well 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, following last month’s explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, which was UNDER HIRE to BP.

    The rig was owned by the USA companies Transocean Ltd. who used blowout prevention equipment and drilling services provided by Cameron International Corp. and Halliburton Energy Services Inc., respectively.

  4. I completely agree that the spill can hardly be blamed on the British people or government, and that Obama is an ass…

    However, I’m pretty sure BP does stand for British Petroleum. (Or did, at any rate)

    • Used to, yes. But then it merged with Amoco and became just plain BP. Now it’s about as British as English muffins are English.

  5. All first-term US presidents have one aim – to get a second term. Everything is subordinated to that aim. They don’t give a shit about anything or anybody else.

    We (the UK) should grow up and unyoke ourselves from the USA. Sometimes they are friends and sometimes they are not. Just accept it and adjust – don’t keep on and on about a “special” relationship – there isn’t one.

    • American people think you’re special, even if our government doesn’t–I mean, even if our government don’t.

      • Well, I agree that we have a special relationship based on our common history. But it is between countries and people; not governments.

        If you are American, then I don’t blame you – I blame our (the UK) sentimental approach to our relationship.

        • I am an American, and of British heritage, as are many of us. The “special relationship” was most evident to me when I was in the military, as British and U.S. intelligence agencies shared data, and there was a significant amount of cooperation among defense agencies. That is still the case, I think. That’s good for both nations, so long as it is in the interest of both. The SR, I suppose, existed (and exists) because a great deal of the time our cooperation is in the best interest of each. But I agree with your point: A nation’s self-interest–not any sentimentality–should govern its relationships with other nations. It’s just difficult to know what is in one’s best interest, and therein lies the problem, don’t you think?

          • I spent 13 years in various bits of the British intelligence services, so I know how intertwined they are with the US services.

            As I said, I think it is our soppy approach that is the problem. I think that our alliance is vital to both sides, but it seems that US politicians view things differently. Do they realise that there are only 4 countries they can depend on?

          • Just because Obama thinks nothing of snubbing the British Prime Minister and blaming all of America’s currently ills on the UK, it doesn’t mean all, or even most, US politicians are so careless of the special relationship. If it came to a choice between Britain and anywhere else in the world (especially these bloody Islamist dictatorships Obama loves to bow to), Americans would back the British every time. We hugely admire you as a people and a country, even if much of what we admire is the culture of Empire which British progressives now repudiate.

          • In the run up to the recovery of the Falkland Islands I was visiting Washington. The US president was wavering, and his National Security Advisor and the US representative at the UN were being as unhelpful as they could be.

            But when I got to the CIA, they were as helpful as they could be. In fact, they were better organised than we were back in London. Lots of unofficial help was forthcoming and lots of support.

            So I can differentiate between US people and US politicians. But why do you elect them?

          • Cognitive dissonance.

          • Absent a choice between whites and blacks, Americans tend to elect politicians based superficialities such as their looks and their promises, because they are ignorant of issues. Many just vote for a candidate because of his party affiliation.

            Presented with a choice between a black candidate and a white candidate, an overwhelming majority of blacks will vote for the black candidate because of his race; some whites will vote for the white candidate because of his race; and some whites will vote for the black candidate because of his race. In such a choice, if issues come into play in any of the voters’ minds, it likely will be only issues associated with race or “political correctness.” Sorry to be blunt, but there it is.

          • I am very suspicious of Obama’s loyalty to the U.S. (judging by his eager willingness to ignore and/or subvert the Constitution), much less his thinking that Britain is a friend. He seems to think that if he makes friends with countries that have majority Muslim populations, that will solve our foreign relations problems; and to that end, he must appear cold to America’s real friends. However, when push comes to shove, I’m sure most non-politician (the politicians in the majority party in this country will be sucking up to Obama unless they perceive his popularity among the majority of Americans to wane) American government officials realize the reality that there are few countries that we can depend on because our interests coincide.

            Britain, of course, is one, but I’m not sure what others you think we can depend on. Perhaps Australia, Canada, Poland, the Czech Republic and New Zealand in some situations, and Germany and France in other instances. The truth is that, for the most part, if a country’s government seems to befriend the U.S., its people perceive that to be a case of their government kowtowing to the U.S. Perhaps it is so, more often than not.

          • UK, Canada, NZ, Australia – in no particular order.

          • Yes, of course. The English-speaking countries that are, or were, part of the Empire.

  6. I hope you’re not referring to the our match at the World Cup….

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