Finally, after 9/11 they realised that Festung America is not impervious, we chipped in with our troops and our anti-terrorist skills (partially funded by America, IRA don't get nice guns for nothing, Libyian AK's yes) and they have finally worked out how to kick a door in without using 200+ rounds of ammunition. They are starting to get good at the job, meanwhile, we shrink, we call on the US repeatedly for support in all theatres. Yes we are there, but we are not pulling our weight. Therefore why are we pretending to box above it. Time for a reality check. Obama, the decks are cleared, A new slate, He LOVES military, (in a socialist way) but charity starts at home first and he's got a lot of "home" to sort out. In the BIG picture with the financial problems ahead we have set a poor stall out, commitment, YES, useful political tool, YES. necessary, MAYBE. Important? (see useful political tool). Now, won't this be more interesting than doing the Mike Golden "I'm a Para and therefore a brainscan is pointless" thread.