Using the BBC app on the television to pick up some of the “news” today and the report on Obama supposedly criticising David Cameron was interesting not so much for what it actually stated, but rather for what it implied.
Of course, Cameron, and Sarkozy, are partly responsible for the “mess” in Libya, but if anyone is going to question that the United States is not the major culprit then the American president following up by condemning a “free rider” mentality, in the “international community“, which in fact consists only of countries that toe Washington’s line, at least implies who calls the shot.
Therefore, the news value of this tripe should also be seen in its implications and while Obama’s further criticism of Britain not paying its way when it comes to defending freedom has already led to a 2% increase in the UK’s defence budget, it has to be assumed that an “international community“, which includes a diverse array of pseudo-democratic, theocracies, and semi-fascist states, is more or less being told that it is only by helping Uncle Sam that they can help themselves.
Of course, there should be no illusions about this and for the jingoists and yesterday’s men in London and Paris, for Yeni Osmanlıcılık Turkey, and for the wild Wahhabis in the Gulf, the only way to keep alive or achieve their own dreams of empire is to bend to the Washington consensus. However, Obama’s little tantrum does tell us a couple of things. Firstly, the American empire does so need its “international community” for legitimacy and to achieve its geopolitical goals and, secondly, when the shit hits the fan, the scapegoats are already clear.