UNILATERALIST COWBOY disregarding the allies:
The White House has decided that President Barack Obama will not attend what has been an annual summit with the European Union this spring, as Mr. Obama scales back from his record-setting foreign travel last year.They're drying tears... They were looking forward to the Messiah coming.
White House officials said Sunday that the subdued travel schedule was always planned. But it comes as the president's domestic agenda is faltering and he is focusing on economic and political troubles at home. His State of the Union speech last week concentrated heavily on economic and domestic issues, with just a small section on foreign policy.
The decision to skip the EU summit will likely disappoint many Europeans, especially in Spain, current holder of the rotating EU presidency, which expected to host the summit in Madrid in May. It may also feed fears that Mr. Obama views the EU as irrelevant. Most Americans, though, are unfamiliar with the meeting.
A spokesman for the Spanish foreign ministry had no comment.