Britain looking at ending current defense alliance with United States because of Trump
President Donald Trump's decision to assassinate Iranian Maj. General Qassem Soleimani has resulted in another major consequence for the United States - the United Kingdom increasingly wants nothing to do with us.
America's historically closest ally is wanting a break from the current mess. They are now threatening to tear up the existing defense alliance, something once thought unthinkable.
United Kingdom Defense Secretary Ben Wallace gave an interview on Sunday saying the nation was looking for other allies instead:
"I worry if the United States withdraws from its leadership around the world," he told The Sunday Times. "That would be bad for the world and bad for us. We plan for the worst and hope for the best."
"The assumptions of 2010 that we were always going to be part of a US coalition is really just not where we are going to be."
That comment was particularly striking. Can you imagine a world where the US and the UK aren't apart of the same coalition?
He's not the only big name in the UK making a fuss. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called Trump's move to take out Soleimani a "dangerous escalation" where "terrorists would be the only winners."
"Over the last year we've had the US pullout from Syria, the statement by Donald Trump on Iraq where he said NATO should take over and do more in the Middle East."
The United Kingdom wishes to reduce its reliance on the United States military, and doesn't think it will be able to rely on them:
"We are very dependent on American air cover and American intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets," he said. "We need to diversify our assets."
Wallace used even more brutal language, saying the UK deserved a partner more in line with their interests:
"Regardless of what the US does ... we are going to have to make decisions that allow us to stand with a range of allies, the Five Eyes [intelligence partnership with the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand] and our European allies where our interests converge," he said.
Trump's administration has already threatened to cut off its intelligence-sharing partnership with the UK. They don't want the Chinese technology company Huawei to help build Britain's 5G network.
"President Trump, the national security adviser. The defense secretary said it personally to me directly when we met at NATO. It's not a secret. They have been consistent. Those things will be taken into account when the government collectively decides to make a decision on it."
"Friends and enemies that are independent make you choose."