British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has not had a good week, met Friday with American President Donald Trump with a single objective: to resurrect the “special relationship” that over the past 100 years combined the fates of Britain and the United States. This time they’re building a neo-conservative bilateral project formally opposed to the so-called “neo-Labour” world of the 1990s Clinton-Blair era.
It was exactly a century ago, in fact, when the Wilson administration was preparing for the entry into the First World War under the pretext to “make the world safe for democracy.” The declaration of war came April 6, 1917. The troops of General Pershing saved the Allies but failed in creating a stable and peaceful international order. The Treaty of Versailles planted the seeds of the Second World War.
Again the United States intervened and, again, it was belated. The conflict broke out in 1939, but, despite his close personal ties to Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt sent troops only at the end of 1941, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor forced his hand.
The victory of 1945 definitively consecrated America’s role as a superpower, replacing the British, who won but were exhausted by the human and material losses.