I think there is much in this thread that reinforces the dislike of Americans. Yes, America was vital in the second war...but the fact that Britain stood alone for four years has to be recognized.The American tendancy to see itself as a world saviour is anoying. So, please spare us the "we saved your ass" smugness. I have been to America many times and I find the people incredibly kind and generous but collectively I find it all frightening. America is a very politically unsohisticated place and for that much power to wielded by that country is frightening. But, in the next fifty years it will be someone elses turn...and most people won"t like whoever that is either.