Obama’s ill-judged intervention in the UK referendum will surely backfire. His comments were made reflecting the interests of the USA and are a wilful misrepresentation or misunderstanding of the undemocratic EU political project. At one point he made a comment saying that the USA wanted a EU led by a strong UK – this demonstrates no understanding of the reality. We will have no control of the future of the EU which will be dominated by the Eurozone countries. Furthermore the direction of the EU is currently determined by undemocratic unelected, backroom dealings between nation states many of which have governments which are variously corrupt, feckless, misogynistic, homophobic, and fascist leaning (in no particular order we are in an undemocratic club which includes Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia etc – each one of which has an equal vote to the UK when it comes to treaty agreements). It is clearly arrant nonsense to think that the UK will play any serious ‘strong’ role in the future development of the EU. This comment alone demonstrates the self interest of the USA and the lack of caring or real understanding about anything other than their own (mis-)perceived self interest.
Everybody should remember that the USA is the country which, thinking it was in their own national interest, led the disastrous invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan killing many hundreds of thousands of innocent people in the process and which led to the chaos that now prevails in those areas. Going further back to those with any memory we could point to Vietnam as another US ‘well-judged’ intervention in another country’s affairs – supposedly because it was in the national interest of the USA so to do. One cannot believe that the British should take any lessons from a lame-duck US president who wants to look after the mis-perceived interests of the USA and does not understand European politics.