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Philip Stephens is right.

Junking the myths and emotional baggage wrapped up in the idea of a uniquely special bond between London and Washington is long overdue.

The US and Britain have a natural alliance based on a close alignment of interests and values. But that is all it is. Neither side should expect any more or any less. The British preoccupation with the "special relationship" is embarrassing--and it is worse than merely embarrassing, when decisions not in Britain's interests flow from a desire to prop up the conceit.

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Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

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