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A Special Relationship?

For two centuries the phrase "a healthy, mutual ambivalence" might better have described the actual Anglo-American relationship than did Winston Churchill's famous 1946 plea for a special one.  Nevertheless, the question now is whether new British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Conservative head of a coalition government, will look to strengthen that so-called "special relationship."  

If not--that is, if Cameron prefers to orient his foreign policy away from America and toward a more independent role in exerting influence over troubled Europe, where the Greek government has now begun publicizing the names of tax evaders--should Americans object?  After all, who was the last British prime minister to possess both the will and the means to seriously injure U.S. interests through either indifference or hostility?  Spencer Perceval?
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It's a big, nasty, competitive world out there, and sometimes it's just the Anglosphere between us and perdition. If Cameron is smart (as Obama is not), we'll be closer rather than farther apart.

Let's also hope that the "Thatcher Effect" holds true one more time -- first Maggie and then Ronnie. Too bad there isn't a presidential election next year.

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