posted on Nov, 1 2006 @ 01:43 PM
Both sides do get quite a lot out of the 'special relationship'.
For example, the United States gets £148.3 billion of investment from the United Kingdom, and roughly one million US jobs rely on British investment
in the States.
Similarly, the United Kingdom gets £133.7 billion of investment from America.
And then you have the tens of billions in trade between the nations. And, hell, a lot of British tourists enjoy going to the States - to Florida, or
New York, or Las Vegas and so forth. A lot of US tourists come to the UK each year also, to areas such as London, Edinburgh and the Lake District.
Again, more money.
And those are just the economic benefits. The US and UK share military technology (the UK's nuclear deterrent is based on US-built Trident missiles,
and the armour the US uses on their tanks [Chobham armour] is a British invention). They share intelligence - the ECHELON system and so forth. So
there's the security issues too.
Culture too - both nations speak English. How many Hollywood movies have you seen this year? How many British musicians do the Americans love, and how
many American musicians do the British love?
Quite honestly, I'm astonished that people in the UK can be anti-American when both sides have enjoyed such a close relationship over the past 60
years or so. You might not agree with their politics or their actions, but still... the Americans do a lot for the UK, just as the UK does a lot for
the USA. It is perhaps the most fruitful relationship ever in the history of foreign affairs, and I would be very disappointed (perhaps worried) if
the British and American governments didn't make the effort to stay on good terms. Now I'm no spineless, pro-American guy... there are elements
about the US I don't like, and I fully support an independent British foreign policy, but let's be sensible. The US is a good friend to have, and I
can see why Blair and Bush want to maintain the relationship - especially in the difficult times we live in.
[edit on 1-11-2006 by Ste2652]