Poor David Cameron. Apparently Britain’s prime minister is smarting from the fact that parliament’s refusal to give him authority to wage war on Syria has resulted in him being at the receiving end of petty indignities at the G20 summit, being treated like just another person there, rather than reflecting in the aura of being president Obama’s BFF. Nobody seems to care anymore about what he thinks about anything.
To make it worse, Obama has snubbed him by not meeting with him one-on-one, instead choosing to do so with that ‘cheese-eating surrender monkey’, French president Francois Hollande. So much for the ‘special relationship’ with the US that the UK likes to boast about. Cameron is discovering what he should have known all along, that the US cares about you only if you are useful to it and do exactly what it tells you. If you fail for whatever reason, it does not care for excuses but summarily gets rid of you, somewhat like the way a gang boss deals with his hit men.
Then there are reports that Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson had referred to his country as “a small island no one pays any attention to”. Cameron had the bad judgment to rise to the bait and respond by listing his country’s achievements, which always makes one look weaker and pettier than if one simply ignores such jibes. It is better to shrug them off, implying that they are beneath contempt.