UK PM David Cameron in Iran Nuclear Weapons Faux Pas
August 5, 2010
U.K. (ChattahBox) – The Coalition has just begun, effectively, and already David Cameron, leader of the Tories and Prime Minister of Britain, is having to make groveling apologies to the public for several mistakes in embarrassing addresses.
The first mistake, the Telegraph reports, was when Cameron was speaking about the relationship between America and the U.K.
“I think it’s important in life to speak as it is, and the fact is that we are a very effective partner of the US, but we are the junior partner. We were the junior partner in 1940 when we were fighting the Nazis,” he apparently said, which was a comment that enraged many.
Britain was on their own against Nazi Germany for the first several years of WWII, and the U.S. did not join the fight until a year later, in 1941.
“You denigrated your own country,” a 75-year-old woman accused him, to which Cameron gave a stuttering apology and said he meant the 1940′s, not 1940.
But Mrs. Finn says it isn’t enough.
“It seems as if he was trying to appease America and flatter Obama. He didn’t seem to know his recent history either. I voted for him but it makes me wonder if I was right to do so. I think he downgraded his own country, which was belittling.
“They talk about having a special relationship but it’s only special when America wants it to be.”
That is only one of the gaffes that the new PM made recently, and he has caught ire from Pakistan, Israel, and now the international community at large after saying in a question and answer with the public that Iran had nuclear weapons.
“Considering Iran’s nuclear ambitions constitute one of the most important foreign policy challenges facing us all, it is not just downright embarrassing that the Prime Minister has made this basic mistake, it’s dangerous,” Labour’s shadow European minister Chris Bryant was quick to point out.
You have to wonder if somewhere, right now, Gordon Brown is smiling.