George F. Will, Washington Post | August 19, 2011
The “special relationship” between the UK and US has become “a rather pathetic British conceit”. ++ In light of severe defense cuts that will see tanks and artillery cut by 40 percent, Britain no longer has the military “mass” to justify its reputation as a vital US ally. ++ In turn, London has lost confidence in nearly all its European partners besides France. ++ Britain has “punched above its weight” in foreign power projection, but to “enjoy America’s confidence and share its secrets”, London must employ armed forces capable of earning these things.