KLook wrote:I never met a foreigner that didn't think we were doing it wrong. Loved the freedom and our malls and all that *censored*. But believed whatever their gov. told them. Like the British kid that was taught that we Americans only came into the war after the Brits had done all the hard work and just mopped up.
In WWI, that would be accurate (well, technically the French did most of the heavy lifting on the Western Front with minimal help from the Brits and USA)...in WWII...yeah, not so much. The Russians did most of the work in WWII (in the European theater). We did 95% of the work in the Pacific if for no other reason than we didnt want the Brits or Russians to have any role in the postwar rebuilding efforts and landgrab (ie, we wanted the USSR to stay out of China and Japan and we wanted the Brits to lose all their previous colonies and influence there). The Brits had to basically beg FDR to even allow their Pacific fleet (the only real remaining naval fighting force for the UK) to have any part at all in the final push up through the island groups in late '44 through the armistice in Aug 45. The British Pacific fleet was fairly strong at that point, but it had nothing on any of the US fleets operating in that theater...complete mirror image of WWI's naval distributions. By the time WWII came around, the Brits were a superpower in name only and really had nothing left to bring to the table. They were still broke from WWI and the Great Depression...they simply couldn't afford to project power anymore. They didnt really get this delusion out of their head until after the Suez crisis in 1956 where Ike told them and France to go pound sand after they tried to play their old colonial intervention game in Egypt with Israel's help.
The Brits situation post-WWI is eerily similar to the current financial issues facing the US after 13 years of "anti-terror" war...at some point, you simply can't spend anymore and you can't project power...then it all comes crashing down.
That's the 30 sec version based on a BA and MA in History with a heavy focus on that time period.