The meeting between Obama and Cameron went very well by all accounts. Few details emerged other than the usual tripe about personalities. Before the meeting, Obama had been hamming it up to a ludicrous extent, propagating anti-British attitudes, using the BP spill to create anti-British oilspin.
Somehow or other Obama has agreed that Britain can withdraw from Sanguin Province in Afghanistan, where the worst casualties occur. And the Pentagon hacker has been assisted to some extent.
For a start, Cameron is merely mirroring Obama. Obama had visited India and talked up a new era of Indian-American cooperation, replacing the Russian/Soviet alliance. Obama had talked of taking on Pakistan and her influence in Afghanistan. Obama had talked down the Israeli position over her disputes with Palestinians and others. Cameron has merely replicated Obama’s positions on all these points, to the letter.
A conversation can start.
Cameron has at least achieved a withdrawal of British troops from the worst part of Helmand, within months. No doubt other trade-offs were mentioned in the recent Obama-Cameron meet-up.
Obama used BP to twist Cameron’s arm up his back, and to put maximum pressure on him. But Cameron has come home with something that pleases the President, it seems.
What that something is, will become clearer as the weeks move by. But somehow, we already know that BP will find things a bit easier in the next phase of the international power game. Cameron’s showing that he can deliver high value for Obama.
UPDATE – Within a week from writing, it appears that the BP forecast was correct. The share price is drifting back up. Obama has declared the crisis over.