Why would the president abandon longstanding U.S. policy supporting British control of the Falklands? Same reason he sent Churchill's bust back to the Brits.
bfaclThe man sitting in the Oval Office views the Anglo-American alliance through the same anti-colonial lens as his late father and their shared hero — Frantz Fanon — who argued that America and Britain were great oppressors.
From 1920 to 1963, Britain colonized Kenya and, according to Obama, mistreated his grandfather in the process. His father, moreover, was briefly jailed during the emergency declared by the British to put down the Mau-Mau uprising there. Winston Churchill was then prime minister.
As Britain was fighting the rebellion, its embassy in Washington warned that Obama's father and other Kenyans seeking to study in the U.S. shared a dangerous antipathy toward both Britain and America.
In a Sept. 1, 1959, cable just released by the National Archives in West London, a British diplomat said the group had radical ties and a reputation for "both anti-American and anti-white" views. Obama Sr. still obtained a student visa to attend Harvard University.
This helps explain his son's attitude toward America's top ally. And why during a recent visit with Argentina's president he refused to follow decades-old policy supporting U.K. control of the Falkland Islands, opting instead for a position of "neutrality." And why he sent the Oval Office bust of Churchill back to London days after taking office in 2009.
Anti-colonial hatred, in fact, reflects Obama's economic and foreign policy. It explains why he goes around the world apologizing for America and seeks to end its global dominance and exceptionalism.
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