What exactly is the reason for this?
It's tempting to write it off as the ranting of a pompous ass with no sense of diplomacy but as everyone knows, this junk has been going on since they stiffed Brown on a hospitality gift. As the Telegraph says, they are dissing allies while making nice with enemies. What next, trashing Prince Harry's visit to Ground Zero? It's bloody outrageous.
Meanwhile the Queen is ticked for being snubbed on the D-Day memorial and all we get from Washington is "mum". Yeah, we get it. Hilarious. Laugh on you crazy press diamonds as the world crumbles all around us.
It certainly appears to be a pattern now. So what gives? Surely Obama wouldn't be avenging grandpa, would he? Surely he can't be that petty.
The strange thing is that Gibbs knows most of the Brit press has been sympathetic with American liberals regards stories on Iraq, Bush and torture, yet he seemingly undermined all their previous reporting in one fell swoop. This coming from the spokesman for a man who vowed to improve America's image overseas--he still laments on the damage Bush did to our reputation.
But what if this treatment IS about improving the rep? In his mind. Could they possibly believe that bashing the only country that significantly helped us take out Saddam improves our world image? Perhaps a serious question or two can be squeezed in amongst the giggles sometime soon.