Hello John, although we often disagreed on the subject of abortion, I cannot refute anything that you have said here.<quoted text>
I'm a Brit.
The United States is currently a superpower yes, currently the only one - but that status is changing by the month. By 2016 it is projected that China will overtake the US economy. The limits of America's financial and military powers have been reached and those limits have been seen for some time now. The American Century is over, just as the preceding Global Empire - the British Empire - overreached itself and collapsed inward on shaky financial footings, so the US Empire has started to give way.
As for how Brits see America, well to be honest we don't think that much about you at all to be honest, you're just there. You certainly don't inspire awe, or gratitude as some of you seem to think - in fact the main emotion is ridicule.
Laughing at the antics of 'those crazy yanks' is a given staple both of pro comedians and pub/dinner party talk, one perennial is the percieved inability of Americans to even find somewhere non-American on a map!
Many Brits see America as the past, Europe is our main trading partner, Asia a growing market etc. Whilst we tend to like the few Americans we meet over here, we do realise that those few Americans are not always representative of their Nation - being as they are the 20% who actually own a passport!
So, in conclusion yes we recognise the US is a big economic machine, do we think that makes America the 'Leader of the Free World'? On the whole, no we don't, we think that attitude is hubristic, arrogant, self-obsessed and wholly self-styled.
Complete bollocks in fact - still, if believing that makes you a little less paranoid then go ahead, it's not like we really care.