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Philip H Gordon, the USA Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, said starkly during a visit to London to meet ministers yesterday.

“We have a growing relationship with the EU as an institution, which has an increasing voice in the world, and we want to see a strong British voice in that EU. That is in America’s interests. We welcome an outward-looking EU with Britain in it.”

I am reminded of Tom Waits saying a few years ago that the USA doesn’t have friends, it only has interests.

Special relationship my arse.

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3 Responses

  1. Quite. It’s difficult to comprehend what a “special relationship” is anyway. It’s summed up neatly by Joni Mitchell (as ever) when she says “He said, “We walked on the moon; you be polite.””

    The Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter album is Joni’s paean to the USA.

  2. Perhaps time for Britain to respond in the fashion of Private Eye magazine in the case of Arkell v Pressdram.

    http://www.nasw.org/users/nbauman/arkell.htm

  3. “Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role. The attempt to play a separate power role — that is, a role apart from Europe, a role based on a ‘special relationship’ with the United States, a role based on being head of a ‘commonwealth’ which has no political structure, or unity, or strength — this role is about played out.” Dean Acheson Dec 5th 1962

    “Nations have no eternal friends and no eternal foe, Only eternal interests” Lord Palmerston

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