originally posted by: crazyewok
I think you vastly underestimate UK intelligence.
I don't vastly underestimate anything, although I think that you vastly misconstrued my underlying point. And BTW, where did I say ANYTHINK about the
UK's intelligence community?
(Hint: I didn't)
UK intelligence and diplomatic influence is some of the best in the world.
We wrote the book on modern spying and diplomacy.
Can you send me a copy? I'd like to read it.
The USA is just dumb musle.
Sheesh, did I put someone's panties in a knot? Calm down...here, I'll explain what I meant so that you can understand my initial point:
The US and the UK share a pretty decent alliance and partnership when it comes to many, many things that affect either country, both countries, or
other allies. We work together quite well, for the most part, especially considering that it really hasn't been all that long since our highly
contentious divorce and subsequent bickering here and there.
That said, this partnership relies on a tit-for-tat, quid-pro-quo relationship--neither country is in the business of doing something and getting
nothing in return. If the UK wants to start withholding things like intel about things like terrorist attacks being committed by a group that we are
both fighting in unison on a global scale, this will put a massive strain on the symbiotic relationship that we have as two sovereign nations.
Whether or not you think that the US is just "dumb musle" (the irony in that spelling mistake makes me chuckle), it doesn't change the fact that we
are still much more influential on the global scene than your little island on which you reside. If the UK wants to start playing the withholding
game, it bears reminding that, compared to the US's resources, influence, and the weight that we carry as an ally, the UK is not quite playing with a
full deck of cards.
This is like the bear cub poking the sleeping adult bear--it's not the smartest idea to play that game, because you don't want papa bear to wake up
grumpy (and with our current unpredictable president, that's possible). The US can be your best friend or your worst enemy, and usually falls
somewhere in between, but it's not good to voluntarily slide down the scale away from the best-friend side.
There, that was my implication--is that spelled out well enough for you now? See...nothing about the UK's intelligence community. Why you went off on
that tangent, I will never know (and I really don't need it explained).