Would we have had July bombings in London if it was not for the War..
Yes Chris I agree to an extent.
There's things I like and dislike about America and Americans but if they hadn't helped out 60 years ago we would probably be discussing this thread in German.
I think there's every likelihood that the US would be a suburb of 'Axia' by now, if the Germans and Japanese had won the War. That's why they joined in when they did (and quite right too, although earlier would have been a bit better for us).
I don't purport to know quite enough about the US but as a Brit (and member of the World) I never know quite how to take the US or whether to be relieved they are our ally, or downright scared. I mean, you look at WWII. I get the impression that the US govt wanted to join earlier, but their public didn't have the stomach for it. They gave a load of aid to the Germans and Japanese afterwards so that they could be in their sphere of influence, yet left us with hideous debts which crippled us for decades. They left us high and dry over Suez too (our fault admittedly) and we were given virtually no tangible help when our Sovereign waters were invaded by Argentina. Who knows what levers were pulled over Iraq, but it does seem that Blair was leaned on very heavily by the US and in the face of public opposition to invasion, we were misled by our govt. on a rising scale until opinion started to sway. Time and time again, it seems to be all take and no give. But if we complain, there is a tacit threat from our 'friends' the Americans.
There are some very powerful influences at work in the US which seem to ensure a vice-like grip on their seemingly, at times, stupid outlook on the World. Big business, big TV/News Networks, the Jewish Lobby, the great un-passported, gun-toting swathes of Bible-bashers in the enormous interior, who through little fault of their own, know jack-sh*t about what goes on in the World. In recent times, all of these played their part in Iraq.
There are millions of intelligent, enlightened, kind, thoughtful people in the US, but they are often drowned out by some or all of the above.