Originally posted by Nottarf Krap
They only need us for hanging on to their coat tails, supporting them and giving some kind of legitimacy for their non stop illegal warmongering around the globe. That is the reality of the special relationship, us knowing our place. It degrades and humiliates us as a nation.
That's about the nub of it. We live in an Anglo-American bubble, which basically propagandises everyone within, advancing our interests as somehow synonymous with peace and freedom throughout the world. The reality is that most of the world's problems today are a result of post World War 2 imperialism, with the United States' bloody handprints all over them.
North Korea is the perfect example. It would not exist without the US military intervention of the 1950s nor the continuing military aid to the south. Millions killed in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, and a decade spent making films sympathetic to those that went to invade.
After the South East Asian debacle, the US loses its appetite for overt military action, so diverts more of its resources into fighting wars by proxy, or unseating governments by subversion, as it did in Chile or Iran. It gets its appetite back for wars of aggression back in the early 2000s, and we're now in a situation where it's led by an unstable twat that can't take criticism, pumping out propaganda on a daily basis, essentially fulfilling the actual US foreign policy.
Take over the world without it looking like you're taking over the world.
Our people are not stupid. If your average layman knows what the US is up to, then surely the government knows too, which means that we've had generations of politicians that have just flat out kowtowed to them. Maybe they're just built that way, or maybe the chances for advancement for people not willing to follow that agenda are not there. Either way, they've knowingly assisted the US in this objective, often at the expense of those in the UK and elsewhere.