Special relationship UK & US (a myth?)

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  1. Nyotarules

    Nyotarules Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Just heard Prime Minister May give a short speech mentioning 'special relationship' numerous times. Its a phrase British politicians (especially Tories) and the print media love to use. However I have a theory that this so called 'special relationship' is all in the head of deluded British politicians. Its more like a mistress waiting at home for the few secret meetings she can get from her married lover who has no intentions of leaving his wife.
    How do my fellow Brits feel, how does the average American feel about it and how do non Brits and non Americans feel?
     
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  2. danellis

    danellis Commander Red Shirt

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    I've always thought that it's probably more like the UK's the first woman the horndog calls - but by no means the only one.

    dJE
     
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  3. Spot261

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    I always imagine us being the bully's side kick, the one who laughs at all his jokes and sticks up for him when he wants someones dinner money.

    Not a chance he'd put his neck on the line for us though.
     
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  4. Relayer1

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    Most Americans have never heard of it.

    It doesn't exist.
     
  5. 2takesfrakes

    2takesfrakes Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    In America's relationship with Britain, Uncle Sam wears the pants. England has always followed the lead of the U.S. and why shouldn't it do? It's got everything to gain ...
     
  6. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

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    So where does that leave Scotland, N. Ireland and Wales?
     
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  7. 2takesfrakes

    2takesfrakes Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    England takes it out on them ...
     
  8. Spot261

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    Except our self respect. Believe it or not the world doesn't view the U.S as the centre of cultural and social progress, nor the arbiters of all that is good and moral
     
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  9. 2takesfrakes

    2takesfrakes Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Ah, well. They'll get over it.
     
  10. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Premium Member

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    Why shouldn't it... Well, maybe to not be pressured into committing to a hugely expensive, poorly planned failure of a war with incoherent goals and based on phony intelligence. That seems like a pretty good reason to me.
     
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  11. CorporalCaptain

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    That was untrue in WWII, for one, so....

    Also, Brexit preceded Trump's election.
     
  12. Butters

    Butters Commodore Commodore

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    It’s business isn’t, when it’s suits the money or the big guns, we’re best mates.

    The US feeds in to our culture more that any other, it’s easy to watch something like Friends, or Elementary and forget that it’s foreign, but it is.

    We’re allies in NATO and share a language and history, but I wouldn’t trust the US to come running to our help if we were invaded. We sound alike, and look alike, but attitudes to things like guns, and policing terrify me. My politics lean determinably to the right, but free health care is essential and vulnerable need protection, in America I’d be considered a staunch leftie.

    But we have many similarities too, and the US is a force to be appreciated, but our interests are not the same, and the US calls the shots in any relationship, whatever they call it.
     
  13. Spot261

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    Get over it? No, we'll just go on being centuries ahead of you socially and culturally. Shame our leaders have so little self respect.
     
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  14. 2takesfrakes

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    Your leaders know their wagon's hitched to a star. Like any marriage, there are problems to be worked out. But as long as the USA has nuclear-armed submarines, no country in its right mind is gonna screw with us. We're the world's cops. We're always there to save the day, when there's natural disasters and the American people are especially generous ... we always have been.
     
  15. CorporalCaptain

    CorporalCaptain Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    That's insane tripe.
     
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  16. Spot261

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    No, not really. In fact many of us see your country as an aggressive, arrogant, warmongering, self serving, delusional joke that perceives itself as the cops of the world whilst being incapable of making the basics of your own society work.

    But yeah, other than that, spot on!
     
  17. 2takesfrakes

    2takesfrakes Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    So is most of everything you type, so what's your point?
     
  18. Spot261

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    Nah, CC's a smart guy you could learn a lot from
     
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  19. 2takesfrakes

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    That's an amusing notion, but, uh ... I'm sure it's comforting to him that you would think so.
     
  20. Spot261

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    He's not the guy who thought a woman with a husky voice was transgender.
     
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