This is for readers who thought I was overstating the case when I wrote yesterday that the British idea of a special relationship between the U.S. and U.K. is British brains and American muscle with the British supervising. From the January 27 Daily Mail:
May also warned Donald Trump to 'beware' Russian president Vladimir Putin and chose to evoke the memory of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher during the Cold War.
She said: 'When it comes to Russia, as so often it is wise to turn to the example of President Reagan who - during negotiations with his opposite number Mikhail Gorbachev - used to abide by the adage 'trust but verify'. With President Putin, my advice is to 'engage but beware'.She made these statements publicly at the Republican retreat in Philadelphia while an invited guest of the White House. Yet whatever foreign policy advice she had to give President Trump should have been made during her private consultations with him.
If the British have a hard time understanding this rudimentary point of diplomacy, how would they like it if Trump publicly advised May's government while their guest that they need to beware of the Saudis?
Now look, the British should stop using the U.S. government as a battering ram against the Russians.