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US Defense Department Statement on SDSR Just Released

#6
We can agree to disagree on that I suppose.
I don't see what there is to disagree about. This is of no concern to the US. How the UK chooses to do things (rightly or wrongly) is none of the US's business, just as how the US does things is none of the UK's business. If it should concern anyone, it should concern NATO.
The US should learn to mind its own business.
 
#7
I don't see what there is to disagree about. This is of no concern to the US. How the UK chooses to do things (rightly or wrongly) is none of the US's business, just as how the US does things is none of the UK's business. If it should concern anyone, it should concern NATO.
The US should learn to mind its own business.
A bit touchy are we? ;-)
 
#10
I don't see what there is to disagree about. This is of no concern to the US. How the UK chooses to do things (rightly or wrongly) is none of the US's business, just as how the US does things is none of the UK's business. If it should concern anyone, it should concern NATO.
The US should learn to mind its own business.
Given the way we have sucked on the American tit for strategic intelligence and advanced military technology in order to allow us to 'punch above our weight', together with our constant claim to a 'special relationship', I don't grudge the DOD a press release.

C_C
 
#11
Hell no! (to coin a yankee phrase). Just making sure the US knows it place :)
I think the US understands its place in the world very well - something we don't seem to have grasped yet (if I hear "punching above our weight" one more time..!)

Seriously, we are a key ally of the US. There are countless MoUs agreeing to the sharing of all sorts of useful stuff, but such a relationship will onl contine as long as Britain can maintain any kind of military relevance...and hence the future of our Defence is naturally a big concern of theirs.
 
#13
There's a lot of parochial dickheadery going on on the Eastern side of the Atlantic here.

Of course it's of concern to the US. As the only other nuclear power in NATO, it is of concern. Remind me again, how does the command structure work in AFG? Who's the head cheese? What nation is his deputy from?

Those Trident missiles. Where were they made, and where are they serviced?

The UKUSA community. Not of concern?

Wasn't of concern when France binned NATO in the 60s? To either the US or the UK?

Think again, sunshine(s).
Remind me again, whose war Afghanistan is. (not ours, nor NATO's..although I suppose it is NATO's now)

I am not sure why we chose to have trident, I am sure we could have developed our own. Perhaps it was the cheaper option....was Labour in control when the decision to have trident was made?

Was France a real loss to NATO?
 
#14
Given the way we have sucked on the American tit for strategic intelligence and advanced military technology in order to allow us to 'punch above our weight', together with our constant claim to a 'special relationship', I don't grudge the DOD a press release.

C_C

Sadly, I think our 'sucking' "on the American tit for strategic intelligence and advanced military technology" was down to Blairs hero worshipping of Bush and all that is yank.
 

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#16
lots of platitudes and diplo speak tbh, and yes the US does have an interest - now I don't suppose you could give us 70 odd F-35Cs for the price of 10 by any chance, give us a coupla Wasp class vessels to replace our amphibs too, it won't be gratis obviously I've had a rummage down the back of the sofa and found a fiver will that do? ^~
 
#17
lots of platitudes and diplo speak tbh, and yes the US does have an interest - now I don't suppose you could give us 70 odd F-35Cs for the price of 10 by any chance, give us a coupla Wasp class vessels to replace our amphibs too, it won't be gratis obviously I've had a rummage down the back of the sofa and found a fiver will that do? ^~
Just as long as we don't have any of that lend lease crap. 50 odd old destroyers for large swathes of our empire and a shit load of wonga every year until just recently. Seems the yanks haven't done too bad out of the special relationship.
 
#18
- now I don't suppose you could give us 70 odd F-35Cs for the price of 10 by any chance, give us a coupla Wasp class vessels to replace our amphibs too, it won't be gratis obviously I've had a rummage down the back of the sofa and found a fiver will that do? ^~
Why not. They do it for the Israelis all the time. Still far and away the biggest recipient of US Aid.
 

rampant

LE
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#19
Why not. They do it for the Israelis all the time. Still far and away the biggest recipient of US Aid.
That's what I was hoping for! Please ol'buddy ol' pay we are your bestest ally? We may even give you head 4 times a year instead of just on your birthday and Christmas.
 
#20
Just as long as we don't have any of that lend lease crap. 50 odd old destroyers for large swathes of our empire and a shit load of wonga every year until just recently. Seems the yanks haven't done too bad out of the special relationship.
....................aye, and the thousands of tonnes of ammunition of all natures, Mk 3 Stuart 'Honey' light tanks, M1917 rifles* (copy of the Lee Enfield P14), Colt and S & W revolvers, Naval and ASR escort work off the Eastern seaboard, etc. We really got seen off, did'nt we? Plus, once America had declared war, we could finally draw on the vast industrial might of what was, even then, the prime manufacturing economy of the world.



*agreed that these were relegated to 2nd line and Home use. Then again, we had not a lot of much else at the time.
 

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