Clinton: US 'Worried' About UK Defense Cuts

Gates And Clinton Attend NATO Roundtable Meeting

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The United Kingdom is set to announce major defense cuts next week. Some reports have those cuts as deep as 10%. The British Navy alone could cut the number of ships it has in half, to 25.

Clinton was asked by the BBC if the cuts "worried" Washington.

"It does, and the reason it does is because I think we do have to have an alliance where there is a commitment to the common defence.

"Nato has been the most successful alliance for defensive purposes in the history of the world, I guess, but it has to be maintained.

"Now, each country has to be able to make its appropriate contributions."

Concerns Raised That The Royal Navy Will Bear The Brunt Of Imminent Defence Cuts

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Tom Ricks pointed out that if the British Navy does get cut that much:

Yow. If this happens, Britain will have fewer warships than the Imperial Japanese Navy lost in just one battle, Leyte Gulf. (Where, for the record, the U.S. Navy sent to the bottom 4 carriers, 3 battleships, 8 cruisers and 12 destroyers.) Or less than half the 63 galleons and armed merchant vessels the Spanish Armada lost, mainly to storms.



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