‘…that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.’
– Theodore Roosevelt
I’ve had some great American clients, taken some great holidays stateside and would welcome much more of the same. And I happily consume enormous amounts of American culture (their TV comedy and drama is so, so much better than ours). So I’m glad a world without America is just a figment of some fevered right-wing imagination. And I’m reminded of what I think was George Bernard Shaw’s riposte to ‘my country right or wrong’ nonsense; that you may as well say ‘my mother-in-law right or wrong’.
But what irritates most about 18 Doughty Street’s silliness is the assertion that without America, Saddam Hussein would now lead a nuclear Iraq. Methinks they forget that without America (and Britain) Saddam would almost certainly not have survived the Iran-Iraq war: that the US loaned him $75 billion, supplied arms and more is not in dispute. Indeed, British and American propping up of Saddam made us partly responsible for his regime and is one of the reasons we had a duty to remove him.