September 18, 2014

SO WHAT?:

Why Americans--and the West--Should Care About Scottish Secession (JONATHAN FOREMAN, 9/18/14, Weekly Standard)

Even if a post-referendum secession process were to go as smoothly as that of Czechoslovakia (1918-1992), you can be sure Scotland's separation from the rest of the U.K. would radically transform and weaken America's most important military and political ally, perhaps to the point that it might give up its nuclear weapons, its key role in organizations like NATO, and its traditional advocacy of free trade. Such a diminished, demoralized U.K. would not be able, and perhaps not be willing to provide the essential diplomatic or military back-up that Washingon has long taken for granted.

The most revealing moment in the recent history of the special relationship came when Tony Blair was worried that he couldn't get Parliament to sanction British participation in the Iraq War.  Besides allowing Blair (and Colin Powell) to us the specter of WMD to try to sell their case, W told the prime minister--to the horror of him and his aides--that he shouldn't worry about losing the vote, we'd be happy to go it alone and it wouldn't harm the relationship.  We bring England along for old time sake, not because they're necessary.  And we should take away their nukes regardless,

Posted by at September 18, 2014 7:31 PM
  

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