Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pence Passes By France, UK for "Most Cherished" Ally Status

Governor Mike Pence
On both his campaign and his official Facebook page, Governor Mike Pence is touting his foreign policy credentials and is criticizing President Obama for calling out Israel in front of the United Nations on Wednesday.

I'm not going to sit here and get into that mess, but I did take notice of something else that Pence said.  He called Israel, "Our most cherished ally."  While Israel is, without question, an ally, I would argue that our most cherished ally might be one of two countries.

If you go back to the beginning of the United States, one country was instrumental in pushing the colonies over the top: France.  It was the naval power of the French along with money, ammo, and men that helped General George Washington defeat the Redcoats.  Without France, Hoosiers might be eating bangers and mash and singing God Save the Queen instead of eating tenderloins and butchering the Star Spangled Banner.

Our old nemesis, the United Kingdom, has also become a very important and cherished ally.  The United States usually has been able to count on the Brits to be with us in most campaigns...even when we've been proven to be wrong.  Since the War to End All Wars, World War I, it's hard to identify a better friend than the UK.

So, I think Mike Pence has it wrong.  If he wants to be President, he needs to learn that France and the UK are our two most consistent allies and are the countries history tells us are most likely to be there for us again in the future.

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