The USA didn't enter into ANGLOSAXON rescue missions each time without extracting more and more of those decaying empires . As the 20 century
progress it was becoming apparent that neither of those two countries could support their colonies and they were becoming more of a burden anyway.
In many ways Germany -in both wars - was only establishing the kind of imperial networks that the UK/France had already established. If it was good
enough for them, it was good enough for Germany. Besides every one in western Europe before the war, hoped Germany would be able to stop Soviet
expansionism...which is why they allowed limited german rearmament and establishment of an eastern european 'empire'.
What saved the UK in WW-II ,was the English Channel and one A Hitler. He was stupid enough to believe that he could cut a deal with the brits when the
time came and thus neglect the KM....it was almost as stupid as Chamberlines belief that germans economy was about to collapse and if Germany
continued rearmament at the pace they were doing, it would. It was only when it was spelled out to him that this was not going to happen, the british
and french decided to start WW-II before things got any worse.
Infact Hitler was his own worse enemy. Since he was unable to settle on one coherent strategy [limited war vs european war vs global war], the german
economy/industry just sat back and waited for him to make up his mind. Hitler believed he could 'limit war', when many believed that was impossible
as was the case in WW-I. When he finally did imbrace the realisation that war meant global war, Germany was years behind there build up to 'total war
economy' , while the french and brits where just hitting their stride.
Had he realised this strategy in 1935 ,when he established the 4 year plan in preperation for the war, then germany would have started WW-II with a
Navy > 1/3 of the RN and strategic bomber force to wipe out the UK along with a synthetic fuel industry and weapons industrial out put [@ 1943/44
levels] enough to over run europe and Russia, before the USA could 'come to the rescue'.
USA was there to bail out the UK but that was done on their terms. It might seem absurd to think that hundreds of thousands of americans died bailing
out the merchant class but
(A) millions of Europeans died fighting that monster [I guess their lives count for not] until the USA got there ...
(B) US wealth depended on strong markets abroad that they could control...thats why the 'Marshall Plan' was best move they made, since for a few
dollars more, they were save their own asses by making sure western Europe was the front line agains communist expansion and they didn't fall to
communism too. Imagin how much tougher the Soviets would have been with WEuropean technology and economic wealth to expend on the cold war.
Its not an accident that the USA ended WW-II owning 1/2 the worlds wealth. That gave them the ultimate weapon 'economic strength'.
Rant mode off...