The twentieth century was not the British Century. It was the American Century. Churchill believed the two English-speaking peoples would be eternal partners, with British statesmen playing Greeks to America’s Romans. But when Britain was in her darkest hour, FDR shook her down for every dime. Poring over a list of British assets in the Western Hemisphere that Morgenthau had requested, Roosevelt “reacted with the coolness of a WASP patrician: ‘Well, they aren’t bust–there’s lots of money there.'” 211

Looking back, Alan Clark was appalled by Churchill’s groveling to the Americans:

“Churchill’s abasement of Britain before the United States has its origins in the same obsession [with Hitler]. The West Indian bases were handed over; the closed markets for British exports were to be dismantled; the entire portfolio of largely private holdings in America was liquidated. ‘A very nice little list,’ was Roosevelt’s comment when the British ambassador offered it. ‘You guys aren’t broken yet.'” 212

Before Lend-Lease aid could begin, Britain was forced to sell all her commercial assets in the United States and turn over all her gold. FDR sent his own ship, the Quincy, to Simonstown near Cape Town to pick up the last $50 million in British gold reserves. 213

“[W]e are not only to be skinned but flayed to the bone,” Churchill wailed to his colleagues. 214 He was not far off. Churchill drafted a letter to FDR saying that if America continued along this line, she would “wear the aspect of sheriff collecting the last assets of a helpless debtor.” 215 It was, said the prime minister, “not fitting that any nation should put itself wholly in the hands of another.” 216 Desperately dependent as Britain was on America, Churchill reconsidered, and rewrote his note in more conciliatory tones.

And FDR knew exactly what he was doing. “We have been milking the British financial cow, which had plenty of milk at one time, but which has now about become dry,” Roosevelt confided to one Cabinet member. 217

Writes A.J.P. Taylor of how Roosevelt humbled Churchill:

“Great Britain became a poor, though deserving cousin–not to Roosevelt’s regret. So far as it is possible to read his devious mind, it appears that he expected the British to wear down both Germany and themselves. When all independent powers had ceased to exist, the United States would step in and run the world.” 218

Pages 408-409 of Patrick J. Buchanan’s “Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World.”

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2 Responses to Judeo-America

  1. Reg Sipco says:

    Well, *I* didn’t do any of it. As a matter of fact…I was on the side of the good guys:

  2. Reg Sipco says:

    Are we not men?

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