Our ally? Never.
At last, a journalist who tells how it really is. Fraser Nelson, the editor of the Spectator, is trailing an article by Con Coghlin in today's Spectator in which Con discusses the way Washington, with regard to the Afghanistan war, is treating Britain.
"The Afghan issue has made clear the astonishing disregard with which Mr Obama treats Britain. As he decides how many more troops to send to Afghanistan - a decision which will fundamentally affect the scope of the mission (war*) - Britain is reduced to taking a guess. The White House dies not even pretend to portray this as a joint decision. It is diplomatic cold-shouldering that stands in contrast not just to the Blair-Bush era, but to the togetherness of the soldiers on the ground."
As Fraser Nelson says, in this respect he's the worst kind of ally. How long have a few of us been saying exactly this? Have people started to waken up? I do hope so.
*Some journalists still have a problem with the word war. Perhaps they can't find it in their hearts to call the death of 235 British soldiers in a hostile country, where our troops are continually in armed conflict, a war. I can, because it is.