Magazine April 5, 2010, Issue

Divided by an Ocean

U.S. President Barack Obama and Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown speak during their meeting at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pa.,, September 25, 2009. (Reuters/Stefan Rousseau/Pool)
The Obama administration is undermining the Anglo-American special relationship

Once again — the fifth time in recent years, by my count — the so-called Anglo-American special relationship is being dismissed as a self-destructive illusion (self-destructive for Britain, that is) by the usual geostrategic experts. Mostly it is Brits who go in for this hand-wringing, generally those who want their country to submerge itself constitutionally in a European federal state and who see a close friendship with America as an irritating obstacle to that end. Occasionally, however, the odd American confirms British fears that the relationship is one in which London makes all the sacrifices and Washington gets all the

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