Heath, Nixon and the Rebirth of the Special Relationship: by Niklas H. Rossbach

By Niklas H. Rossbach

This e-book finds that 1969-74 was once a very important interval for the designated courting. The Heath govt tried to opposite Britain's decline as an exceptional strength by way of forging an American-European particular courting out of the Anglo-American courting. concurrently the Nixon management attempted to recoup the worldwide place of the USA.

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Kissinger, a refugee from Europe and a Harvard academic. It was not an obvious choice. 173 Actually, the most important reason was fairly straightforward. Yet, Nixon could not spell them out because he did not want to antagonise the State Department. During Kissinger’s first in-depth meeting with Nixon, in November 1968, Nixon spelled out his wish to appoint someone capable of reviving the NSC, which had worked well during Eisenhower’s time when he had actively participated as Vice-President. 176 In fact, Kissinger was taken on board because he understood Nixon’s wish to see the White House running foreign policy, and not because of any great meeting of minds between two realists.

He also brought the ideas with him into office in 1970. In the years after 1967 when he first presented his ideas the hey-days of early European integration had passed. Therefore, it became increasingly important that the US agreed with his vision. 88 In others words the links were cultural, based on language, history and tradition and family relations, or as Heath would put it ‘natural’. This would mean a natural relationship, rather than a special relationship. 89 He ascribed it to a mindset among British officials conditioned by the wartime alliance in such a way that they had to instinctively ask for the American view on foreign affairs, especially on defence matters.

The present European institutional arrangements were less than clear and consequently he promised continued US support for the development of the European Community. However, he stated that it was up to the Europeans to unite not the US. 185 Nixon had reaffirmed his intention to put Europe back in focus with a tour of Western Europe a year earlier in 1969. 189 Given that Wilson lent support to Nixon’s foreign policies, including Vietnam the administration wanted to reassure him about Britain’s special status.

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