I think Bill is running scared - sounds like he's got an inferiority complex. The UK's defence budget barely represents 5% of that of the USA. One American state (California) is more significant economically than the whole of the UK today. I'd feel threatened as well. Especially when formerly abused nations like China & India (along with every former colony)look forward to getting some payback from the English pirates. Oh yes, the day will come when the English will be begging to become the 51st state in order to yet again be bailed out by the US of A. Sad, really.
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from the article: Sharon: Russian missiles being sold to Syria do threaten Israel