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soooo, one would be foolish to assume that Biden is "hostile" to BoJo, personally, or UK, generally. The more honest appraisal of US national interest, embodied by some in a POTUS, personally rather than officiously, is indifference to either headline parties to the NI protocol. And though the EU is not one of those in the vainglorious imagination of today's media-mediated immigrant nation, I promise, you the whole of the federal government is focused on balancing the perennial US-EU trade deficit--not intervening in "tribal" negotiations of the "ancestral homelands".

Money talks, bullshit walks: It's like an American motto.

by Cat on Sat Oct 16th, 2021 at 03:39:34 PM EST
Biden: "I'm Irish"

Biden's emotional attachment to Ireland has been a constant throughout his adult life and has become part of his political identity too. He routinely refers to his mother's family history and his ties to County Mayo. He quotes Irish poets, and uses the example of British rule in Ireland as a bridge to empathise with persecuted minorities.

Biden recommits to Good Friday accord on St. Patrick's Day

They don't come much greener ...

by Oui on Sat Oct 16th, 2021 at 08:19:07 PM EST
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hmm, yes, well, did he or his family fund the IRA?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 06:24:04 PM EST
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possibly, probably. As I understand, it was an entirely normal position for the New England Irish diaspora.

But, as a politician, he probably revised that view long before anybody could notice one way or another.

Now he is a staunch supporter of the GFA, as is any sane politician, and will, as POTUS, the guarantor of said agreement, do everything he can to support it. And if that means giving a defaulting UK a kicking diplomatically, I'm sure he'll do it willingly.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 08:56:24 PM EST
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The USA has already issued a formal reprimand to the UK over its handling of the protocol issue and inflaming tensions in N. Ireland as a result.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Oct 18th, 2021 at 09:02:58 AM EST
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Bush was Irish too  - a descendent of Strongbow.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 06:31:09 PM EST
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See: The "everybody does it" excuse

As Frank noted: It is all very well screwing a distant colony or a native American tribe who have no means of redress, but rather stupid to try it on with a more powerful neighbour. (that would be the EU27)

If it comes to a show of strength, we'll see who's the more solid party. We'll also see the real political weight of the Irish constituency in the White House as well as on Capitol Hill.

by Bernard on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 06:14:44 PM EST
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The Biden administration and US Congress will read Cummings' comments with interest...
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That's a funny way to schpell "exceptionalism."
by Cat on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 06:30:08 PM EST
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Being the world's only superpower means insisting you have the sole right to break whatever Treaties you feel like. The USA will not like the UK challenging its sole prerogative.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 07:29:35 PM EST
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