Foreign News: Unsentimental Symbiosis

With startling frankness, the official British Information Services underscored a basic fact of power politics—the symbiotic interdependence of the U.S. and Britain. Said B.I.S.: Britain is three things to the U.S.: 1) a customer; 2) a base for military operations against Europe; 3) a powerful military ally.

"That no other country fills this bill is obvious from the facts and the history of the last few years," said B.I.S. "As a customer, Britain bought American exports totaling $521,000,000 in 1938. In prewar years she was consistently the biggest foreign customer of the U.S. . . . Britain is, in fact, so big...

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