For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an avid Anglophile. I love the history of England, the English language and the English writers and poets, the Common Law and, well, almost everything else English (and Celtic). As such, this last week has taken a terrible toll on my own love for that people.
From the BBC, the major English newspapers, and, perhaps most blatantly, across the various organs of social media, the British have lambasted us. Not just once and not merely constructively, but a million times and with intense bitterness. I’ve even deleted my Facebook account as I simply can take no more of the anger spewing from my British “friends.”
Damned if we do, damned if we don’t. I’d be the last person on earth to defend American military actions abroad over the last 25 years, but the British reaction to us is just vile. If we intervene, we’re warmongers. If we pull back, we’re destabilizers.
I have strong reservations about President Trump as well, but I do hope that the next four years will give us Americans time to pause and reconsider our role in the world, with NATO, and with every other strategic alliance. It might very well be time to return all European defense back to Europe.
Certainly, our American Founders envisioned us avoiding ALL entangling alliances.
Regardless, we live in interesting times.