posted on Nov, 28 2009 @ 09:09 AM
What are people's views on the so called "Special Relationship" between the United Kingdom and the United States?
I am from the UK and for quite a while i've become quite disillusioned with the friendship between our two countries. Infact it is arguable that
we've never really had a special relationship at all.
Having just read this article, it's touched upon many of my thoughts.
Not so special anymore
Our two countries have always been historically close and the relationship really came to the fore during the Second World War due to the friendship
between these two men, President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
However, after doing some reading i've come to the conclusion that the relationship between the two countries and especially Churchill and Roosevelt
was at times less than cosy. Infact it amazes me that the war time alliance held together at all, especially when you bring the Soviet Union into the
U.S Secretary of State Dean Acheson's famous quote that "Great Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role," was quite correct. Even today
Britain seems to hang on to the coat tails of the United States, in some kind of effort to seem stronger than we are.
In light of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and now with the Iraq Inquiry in Britain, it seems the relationship has taken a turn for the worse. I
often feel the United Kingdom is treated quite disgracefully, to be frank. We might not be as powerful militarily or economically, but as allies i
think we deserve a modicum of respect, especially as we are sharing a large burden of the fighting in Afghanistan, much to the growing discontent of
the British public.
What do people think about the relationship between the UK and USA?
Was there ever a "Special Relationship" to begin with?
[edit on 28/11/09 by Kram09]