May 23, 2008

THE WARMTH OF HER SMILE STARTS A-BURNIN':

No Asset Like the Special Relationship (Paul Johnson, 06.02.08, Forbes)

Among the more brutal experts on geopolitics it is fashionable to sneer at the special relationship, as though it were a piece of antique diplomatic furniture belonging in the Churchill-Roosevelt era. But this is not a view shared by any of those who have occupied the White House or Number 10.

Indeed, a key part of the learning curve of any new President or prime minister is discovering how important this relationship still is, especially when times are bad and perplexing. Ask George W. Bush or Tony Blair and they’ll tell you the relationship is the bedrock on which North Atlantic foreign policy rests. Margaret Thatcher is particularly eloquent on its magic. The phrase itself makes her eyes light up—more so than does any other, except for her favorite: the rule of law. The latest convert to the special relationship is Gordon Brown. Before he became prime minister he used to mutter about the need to “move closer to Europe than to North America,” or some such nonsense. Now he knows better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 23, 2008 12:51 PM
Comments

I'm for the special relationship... but, let's be frank, it's drawn us into the two world wars which resulted so many dead and the massive centralization of power that we all abhor...

I'm just saying the relationship ain't been no bed of roses what with Perfidious Albion being Perfidious Albion and all that...

Posted by: Benny at May 23, 2008 2:18 PM

From the Tenpole Tudor school of rock...

I'm in love with Margaret Thatcher
I'm in love with Margaret Thatcher
I'm in love with Maggie T

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb4XgGcn0dA

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at May 23, 2008 2:26 PM

Following each other into stupid wars is at its heart. Though they owe us for being useless in Vietnam.

Posted by: oj at May 23, 2008 5:04 PM

oj,
Once more, your cryptosicty ( Following each other into stupid wars is at its heart) leaves me pondering "what the "F" are you talking about?
All will be explained to those who read: "Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage"
Mike

Posted by: Mike at May 23, 2008 9:01 PM
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