National Affairs: The Wider Causes

The summary of specific conflicts between Britain and the U.S. is expressed in specific causes. But the range of opposition is so wide as to suggest that more general causes of U.S.-British conflict are also driving the two nations apart.

The widening split is not a "conflict of interest." It is not essentially a struggle for commercial or other material advantages nor is it a struggle for "power" as such. In the Far East, neither nation has a big economic stake. In fact, the U.S. could wish the British stake in Pacific Asia were heavier; that might bring British policy down out...

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