Obama and Cameron: Strictly Business

By Clive Crook

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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