PETER HITCHENS: America isn’t our special friend. It ruined our Navy, Empire and future

Now will we grasp that the United States is not our friend, but a foreign country whose interests are often different from ours?

President Obama’s blatant intervention in our internal affairs is not a sudden breach of a soppy ‘special relationship’. The USA’s only real special relationship is with Saudi Arabia, a 70-year-old hard pact of oil, money and power, welded together with such cynicism it ought to make us gasp.

  • It seems rather disingenuous to blame the US for a bad UK future.

    Your best bet is to blame the UK progressives. They have imported the Islamic trojan horse.

    • Agreed. He’s right about Obama’s grotesque meddling and maybe a few other points about the US. But the author comes across like a whiner, repeatedly complaining that the Americans never gave them enough money. Oh, boo hoo.

      • Millie_Woods

        Actually Hitchens says that the Americans were justified in not extending the desired amount of credit to Britain at the outset of WWII because Britain defaulted on an earlier debt to the US for money it borrowed to fight WWI. He also says that the US acted no differently than Britain did in advancing it’s imperial expansion. So overall I thought the article was fairly balanced.

        • Reader

          But the American’s did demand the rights to the Magnetron tube among other demands in return for their WWII support. The Magnetron, was invented by the Brits, but it was the Americans who made a fortune off it.

          The Magnetron microwave tube is central to high powered Radar and is the heart of every microwave oven.

          • I did not know that.

          • andycanuck

            (I just read that in Johnny Carson’s voice, BCF!)

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            We demanded ACCESS to the technology for wartime use, not exclusive ownership of the technology in perpetuity.

          • Reader

            It was a long time ago when I read this, but in the case of the Magnetron, I seem to remember the patents were transferred from the UK to be the exclusive intellectual property of Raytheon Corp of the USA.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            It was even England’s idea for the technology transfer in exchange for access to the technology after it was developed (which they received) and in exchange for boatloads of American cash up-front.

          • Reader

            I stand corrected.

            The prof. of the History of Technology who taught that must have had a bias.

          • Reader

            Or my memory is faulty on what was in that class.

            I liked Professor Hall.

    • Millie_Woods

      Agreed, the German wars broke the British spirit along with the rise of the left in the UK. There was a lot of other mitigating factors, but IMO, those two were the major contributors to what was then Britain’s future.

      • WW I & II destroyed Europe spiritually.

        • Norman_In_New_York

          At the start of World War I, Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey told a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe. They shall not be lit again in our lifetime.”

  • Dana Garcia

    The Saudi regime is evil incarnate, but if ISIS-types took over there and blocked the world oil supply, then we would all wish for the less-bad rulers.

    • FactsWillOut

      Pr, we could annex the place, decimate the cities and ramp up production until the place is dry, and then leave them to their foul devices.

  • FactsWillOut

    The Marshall Plan is what kick-started the European Welfare State.

    • canminuteman

      I agree. Britain was basically communist post WW11, and they suffered the same economic and social collapse that befall all communist countries.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’m sorry, but how did the U.S. cause the Royal Navy to fall into disrepair?
    Oh no, we didn’t, we just didn’t give the UK enough free money after WWI.
    Those terrible Yanks kept them from starving 20-years later, but afterward didn’t give England enough free money after 1945 either.
    England’s wartime indebtedness was reduced by 90% before the transactions even hit the books, yet that was not enough for Hitchens.

    We offered England billions more (of virtually free money) after WWII if only they would provide some evidence of market reforms. They said no, and went hell bent for socialism instead.
    Really, there is lots of information on this subject out there, and Hitchens’ ignorance on this subject is in excusable.

  • mauser 98

    Britain flooded herself with third worlders
    cant blame US for that

  • Alain

    In truth what he stated applies to every single country in that all of them act for their own special interests. That is normal and should not mean there can be no allies. The biggest threat now are the globalists in every country acting against the sovereignty of their own country to push for a global unelected government. Flooding their own countries with incompatible and even hostile outsiders continues to be one of the ways to accomplish it.

  • Doug Kursk

    Didn’t Britain’s gold reserve come to Canada, and held for the duration of the war in Ottawa? Canada also gave tremendous (free) help to Britain for 2 years until the Americans got into the war…if it wasn’t for our livestock, food, fuel, medical supplies, armaments and vehicles (especially after Dunkirk) there would have been no GB to speak of to ask the Americans for anything..

  • Ed

    What’s with Michelle appropriating white hair in those photos???