The U.S. And U.K.'s 'Special Relationship,' Now : NPR
Jul 12, After a contentious NATO summit, President Trump visits the U.K. NPR's Noel King talks with former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Mar 23, Lessons from years of fighting together: America needs Britain as much Anglo-American relations since had frequently been tense. The Special Relationship is an unofficial term often used to describe the political, diplomatic, Although the "Special Relationship" between the U.K. and the U.S. was perhaps most memorably emphasized by Churchill, its existence, and even.
He was most anxious that Britain should not lose the war, but never displayed the smallest interest in its fortunes thereafter. Postwar British commercial aviation was hamstrung by Lend-Lease. It was painful for the British people to behold the U.
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None of the above is intended to represent a wail of nationalistic self-pity. The military partnership between the two nations was an extraordinary success story. It worked wonderfully well at the operational level. Difficulties and jealousies mounted only in the upper reaches of command hierarchies. Its achievement is not diminished by injecting some unromantic qualifications, unpalatable to neoconservatives. Since the Second World Warthe United States has conducted its foreign policy on the principle that dictates the actions of all governments including our own: The Americans respected the abilities of British civil servants and diplomats who sustained a key role in international diplomacy, and drafted many agreements.
Successive British governments, in their anxiety to sustain American goodwill, gave away many things too cheaply. For instance, allowing American nuclear-armed bombers to be based here and giving the U. The Americans demanded a level of military support which the Treasury and the British army, threadbare despite its residual paper might, struggled to provide. The Clement Attlee government proposed a rearmament program that would increase defense spending from 7 to almost 10 percent of GDP.
In its desperation to sustain American goodwill, the Labour government sought to meet this target, though the promised aid never materialized. It was left to the Tories who took office in to cut back the rearmament program to 10 percent, though even this imposed an intolerable burden.
Why this craven relationship with the U. Yet he is right that British anxiety to please Washington has often generated embarrassments and sometimes humiliations.
The Eisenhower administration was justified in denying support to the indefensible invasion of Egyptenforcing British retreat amid the threat of our financial collapse. But the desertion hurt. British leaders should notice that when their predecessors have dared to think for themselves, consequences have generally proved less alarming than Downing Street feared.What is the special relationship? - CNBC Explains
The first notable example was Vietnam. Secretary of State Dean Rusk told a British journalist bitterly: Both worked to dissuade Margaret Thatcher from launching military operations, and to distance the U. President Trump said over the weekend that the U.
And today, we are coming to terms with the conclusions of the negotiations, and they're not matching up to the land of milk and honey that was promised by those who were promoting Brexit. And that's the essence of the turmoil that Mrs.
May is trying to deal with. What does she want, and what is on line for Britain there? Well, here's the ultimate irony of those who are arguing for Brexit.
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The European Union accounts for about half of Britain's exports - the U. And it's been held out by the Brexiteers that the United States might offer an alternative source of trading relationship to the European Union. At the same time, President Trump is taking a very hawkish attitude towards global trade. He's obviously in the midst of what is, in essence, a trade war with China, and he's got trade hostilities with the European Union.
And I think Brits are looking at the demands that he's making on others. I'm wondering whether, in fact, the offer of a U. Presidents Trump ph visit is also, we are expecting - to spark these big street protests. Do you expect Prime Minister May to raise any of the concerns that protesters are sort of out in the streets about, like the separation of migrant children and parents in the southern border of the U. I think that Theresa May and the British government will not be focused on U.
They'll be focused on global politics. Already, one person's died, and she'll be asking President Trump to raise that with President Putin.
You think she will. She'll definitely be raising the Russia issue because for Europeans, Russia is an aggressive power. It's conducted germ warfare against the U. It's invaded Ukraine and Georgia. And so I think that the president's move to Russia after his U.