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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 12:36 PM
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32. Actually it is standard diplomatic language and has been for decades
It is somewhat meaningless.

When the President says "no more important ally than , , , ," people hear "most important ally"

That is not so.

There are about 40 countries that fit the "no more important ally" classification.

Every European Country
and so on.

It is one of the most polite but meaningless phrases in diplomatic parlance.

For example yesterday President Obama said that

AD begins its coverage thus: For the United States there is no more important ally than the Netherlands. This is what American president Barack Obama said to Mark Rutte yesterday evening.

You may be forgiven for thinking that the overrun and this compliment were clever moves by the US presidential team, designed to make the Dutch delegation feel a touch more important than they might otherwise feel? Indeed, US historian and Amsterdam University professor James Kennedy seems at first to agree when Trouw asks him just How important was the visit by Mark Rutte for Barack Obama?

His response (condensed version): Not important at all.

It is standard diplomatic phrasing which simply means that the country in question is an ally in good standing.

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