This report, if true, ought to be enough to fit the final nail into the transatlantic coffin:
Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.
Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship”, which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website…
Washington lobbied London in 2009 for permission to supply Moscow with detailed data about the performance of UK missiles. The UK refused, but the US agreed to hand over the serial numbers of Trident missiles it transfers to Britain.
Bearing only a token force of Trident missiles, the UK has always been rather cagey about providing a complete count. It now appears that President Obama has secretly swept aside his allies interest in strategic ambiguity for the sake of striking a deal with Moscow, who had to know that if the US was ready to throw Britain under the bus, concessions elsewhere were to be had for the taking: It’s one thing to want to make a deal, another thing entirely to be seen as needing to make one.
Benjamin D’Israeli it was who noted that nations have no permanent friends, nor permanent enemies but rather permanent interests. That said, it’s a little hard to understand how humiliating one of our oldest democratic allies in the cause of ingratiating ourselves with what increasingly looks like a mafia-state oligarchy over what amounts to a handful of missiles serves any lasting US interest.
The Soviets tried for 50 years to split the US from Europe. Despite occasional continental ambivalence, the UK/US relationship anchored America in the Atlantic Alliance for the good of all concerned. In two years, the president has done what the politburo could not accomplish in decades.
There’s change you can believe in.