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Trident: a US Missile System
As a result, Britain's Trident submarines use US Trident II D5 missiles produced and serviced in the United States by Lockheed Martin. The United Kingdom does not actually own the missiles, but has access to a pool of Trident II D5 missiles held at the Strategic Weapons facility at the Kings Bay Submarine Base, in Georgia, US. The British Trident submarines conduct missile test firings at the US Eastern Test Range, off the coast of Florida.
The US sold Trident to us and the nuclear missiles cannot be fired without US permission. The American Lockheed Corporation's engineers control Trident from inside a Scottish mountain at Coulport and from the US Navy King's Bay servicing depot in Georgia (US) where the missiles must return periodically for maintenance. We have Trident to keep on the right side of the US. Geoff Hoon, our Defence Secretary, has virtually admitted that we are now a US client state. He has stated that "it is highly unlikely that the UK would be in large-scale combat operations without the US".
The Trident nuclear warheads are dependent on the US. They are manufactured in Berkshire according to US designs and under management that includes the US arms producer Lockheed Martin. Specialist joint working groups include nuclear weapons engineering and manufacturing practices.
Neither Tony Blair nor George Bush has made any public statement about what deals are being struck over the renewal of the treaty, but they are likely to involve both specific technologies and political agreements. Tony Blair wants a successor to Trident supplied from the US. In return, the UK will help American WMD manufacturers where it can. For example, by doing some design work if Congress bars American firms from working on new weapons.
I know Regan and Thatcher saw the world eye to eye so to speak but I doubt that there is some sort of "secret clause" because aren't all laws (especially treaties) supposed to be published? How do you know if you broke a law if it's secret?
I could envision some sort of verbal agreement or understanding between the two countries since, as you described, the UK is dependent on the US for it's nuclear status.
What kind of self respecting country gives it's sovereignty to another just like that?
We can't be stopped
Originally posted by spliff4020
Heres the problem the rest of the world has with us now. They got used to us not doing a damn thing. We stick our noses in here and there, but nothing major. Untill they'd come beggin us for money or aid. When we started getting hit around the world at various bases, we still did nothing. Thats the America that world likes.
Originally posted by Pistolpete
Whats more? How can you re-elect an obviously lying administration?
Originally posted by KhieuSamphan
Many do not Brits remember this time with fondness and are therefore reluctant to cast a vote for the Conservative party (who are the only party capable of providing a credible opposition to a Labour government at this time).
As one member of the general public said when interviewed - "Better the devil you know".
Originally posted by PistolPete
Whats more? How can you re-elect an obviously lying administration? Wait.....the propaganda, red-state, Christian laden Americans did it. And so did you humanist, state loving secularists. Bleep you. Seriously. Bleeping Bleepers.
How can you say that the Liberal Democrats are not a credible party?
Originally posted by KhieuSamphan
Sorry, I should really have qualified that statement by saying it was my opinion. You are quite right to say that one cannot know the LD's couldn't do the job...but put it this way, they haven't convinced me yet.