Gents: Given the fact that we, as a nation, owe 167,000,000,000 quid, why is nobody talking about the obvious solution? Think about it. War is a continuation of politics by other means, and politics in this election has to be about our dire economic straits. So here is the elephant in the room: The world's largest, richest economy lies ripe for the plucking. Moreover, the natives speak English. (Of a sort) Moreover #2: The US Military is overstretched, on active duty in Afghan and Iraq, as well as garrissoning Germany, Okinawa and S Korea. Surely, if we teamed up with, say the Canadians and Mexicans (the Russians might join up just for the devilment of it) the 50 States would fall like a line of dominoes? By the time the US military regroups and sails back to US shores, we will have done all the needed pillaging, and be well away, loaded down with loot. Or will have formed a new government in DC and could order them to disband before any unpleasantess occurs. From then on, it's jaw-jaw, not war-war, as we work on rebuilding the "Special Relationship." We could even sell the film rights: "Red, White and Blue Dawn." I can't understand why this plan is not part of the electoral debate. Surely, the next government must be planning something similar? To all Americans on Forum: Some of my best chums are Americans, but needs must. Sorry. BTW, given that EVERY SINGLE ONE of said chums whines endlessly about the IRS - and given that the original Revolution was largely about tax - is now not an appropriate time for another overthrow of authority? After all, Brits whine endlessly about Gordon Brown, but at least we do can something about it (ie he is about to be elected into infinity). Ally with us, bring along your local militia, and I am sure we will see you right in the United Kingdom of America. As a sign of good will, we would even change the national anthem to "God Bless the Queen"