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The Observer, UK: 'Special Relationship' With the US is an Abusive Marriage

By Sam Elfassy     Dec 4, 2006 in Politics
US policy towards Britain was always like "coo over our quaintness" then take away whatever it wants.
A lot has been written in regard to the words said last week by a US State Department official about Britain and the partnership between the two countries. The official, Dr. Kendall Myers, a senior State Department analyst, a specialist in British politics, said that Britain’s role as a bridge between America and Europe is now “disappearing before our eyes”.
Myers disclosed that for all Britain’s attempts to influence US policy in recent years, “we typically ignore them and take no notice — it’s a sad business”.
He added that he felt “a little ashamed” at Mr Bush’s treatment of the Prime Minister, who had invested so much of his political capital in standing shoulder to shoulder with America after 9/11.
“It was a done deal from the beginning, it was a one sided relationship that was entered into with open eyes . . . there was nothing. There was no payback, no sense of reciprocity.”
His remarks brought calls from British politician for the special relationship to be rethought, but also attracted scathing criticism from one close supporter of the Prime Minister.
Dr Myers had hard words for his own Administration’s record in the Iraq war: “It’s a bad time, let’s face it. We have not only failed to do what we wanted to do in Iraq but we have greatly strained our relationship with [Britain].”
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