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View Poll Results: Who is America's Best Friend?
Canada
20
22.73%
UK
43
48.86%
Continential Europe
2
2.27%
Israel
9
10.23%
Australia
5
5.68%
Burkina Faso
7
7.95%
Japan
2
2.27%
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Who is America's Best Friend?

Old 07-26-08, 12:03 AM
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Who is America's Best Friend?

Someone asked me an interesting question today in light of Barak Obama's visit to Europe... if you're an American, who do you consider to be America's best friend? Let's run down the candidates:

1. Canada - we do share the world's largest landborder between two nations, we steal their muscian, actors, and oil, and they make for a comfortable hat. The flag kinda sucks, their baseball stadiums suck, and they speak French thoughout their country, but they're still our friends.

2. The UK - They founded our country, we kicked their ass, then we saved them in WWI and WWII. They support us in most wars, the have really nice tanks, and BBC America is the best channel on TV. Plus, the Doctor is from there, they invesnted Dry London Gin, and they speak English (albeit with really bad slang). On the down side, they're really liberal, their food is not the best, you get like 0.00001 quid per dollar on conversion, and they did fight us in 2 different wars.

3. Continental Europe - They've got better weather and conversion rates than the UK, Germany, Italy, and France have pro-US leaders, Italy is there, they have Italian food, and we have lots of military bases there. On the downside: Germany - really?, you have to deal with Spain, every country is socialist pretty much, and they're completely indecisive about everything.

4. Israel - they spend a lot of money on our fighter jets, they knock out nuclear reactors before we have to, and they're the only stable democracy in the Middle East. Plus, getting any two people in Israel to shake hands is a major photo-op / accomplishment for a US president. On the downside: umm.. yeah... the U.S.S. Liberty. So what happened there?

5. Australia - Austrailia is a fun place to visit, they're easy-going people, they're always up to join our military excursions, we have a nice free trade agreement, and we've had a big impact on their culture. On the downside, I didn't like the Australian guy on J.A.G., they laid us out to dry on Kyoto, and they led us to believe that Kuala Bears are friendly. I think that was a tarp.

6. Burkina Faso - Why not? They did a leg of the Amazing Race there, we haven't gone to war with them, they haven't voted against us in the UN, they're not enriching uranium, their currency has an awesome exchange rate, and the sands from their deserts help to calm down North Atlantic Hurricanes. Downside? There is none.

7. Japan - OK, I know we fought a war against them and unfortunately used nuclear weapons on them to prove a point to the Soviets, but still, they've brought us great advancements in industrial operations, project management, efficiency improvements, and other ways to get more with less. We love their video games, anime and ninja warrior, we steal their baseball players, and they have great food.

So who is it?
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I'd say the UK since they pretty much back us on any policy stuff.
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Whichever one sends us the most troops in the upcoming Russo/Sino-American War.
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Old 07-26-08, 12:37 AM
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I picked Canada.
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Canada is like that friend you have that has a lot of cool things and money and doesn't mind sharing it all with you.
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I voted for Canada too. Its like America 2. Canada all the way!
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I voted Canada.
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Canada hates us, or claims to at every turn.

Britain has our back, but that's more because they're the kid brother who likes to be with the cool kids.

Australians love us unconditionally. In oh, so many ways.
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America's Best friend = $$$$$$$$$$
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Originally Posted by matta
1. Canada...they speak French thoughout their country..."
I never understood why people think this. Most packaging is bilingual and I believe French class is mandatory for a semester or two in highschool throughout Canada - but the vast majority of people outside the province of Quebec don't speak French.
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I never understood why people think this. Most packaging is bilingual and I believe French is mandatory for a semester or two in highschool throught Canada - but the vast majority of people outside the province of Quebec don't speak French.
Please don't confuse the issue with "facts". Canada is the big white French-speaking country above the U.S. That is all we need to know.
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Isreal, hands down.....
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Originally Posted by jiffy97
Please don't confuse the issue with "facts". Canada is the big white French-speaking country above the U.S. That is all we need to know.

I don't think anyone assumes that Canadians are all fluent in French, but it's certainly prevalent on the eastern half of the country. Kind of like Spanish in the southwest US.
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Canada is our neighbor, if they didnt border us they'd be Switzerland. Tony Blair had Bush's back in the Hussein fiasco
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The United States -- like all countries -- does not have friends. We do have countries with which we share a common geopolitical outlook, interests, and culture, and with whom we consistently try to work as allies rather than as rivals. All of the places you listed (except Burkina Faso) qualify. Who would we side with if Canada went to war with the UK, or Western Europe invaded Japan? Beats the hell out of me. Depending on the circumstances, I imagine we'd try to stay neutral and broker a peace.
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Originally Posted by matta
1. Canada - we do share the world's largest landborder between two nations, we steal their muscian, actors, and oil, and they make for a comfortable hat. The flag kinda sucks, their baseball stadiums suck, and they speak French thoughout their country, but they're still our friends.

Their flag is awesome, though I suppose since you are a Brave's fan you probably think that the leaf is supposed to be upside down, so I can see why you'd think it kinda sucks.
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“Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.” Lord Palmerston

I voted Canada though. They're right up there, we trade a lot with them, culture is similar to ours.
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Israel. They rely on us to exist and keep oppressing the Palestinians.


Culturewise, Japan.

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“Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.” Lord Palmerston
Lord Palmerson doesn't know shit from shinola.

Nations don't even have permanent interests.
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It's the bloody UK, hands down.

By no means does that imply that a Brit would be a better friend to an American on a personal level (for that, you can look to Canada or the Aussies) but on a political level... you cannot match them.
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America's best friend is that goofy looking, freckled face fat kid who lives down the road in that ugly green house by the train tracks. I can't believe how hot his sister is. I hear she's working the lunch shift at Hooters.
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You forgot to put Saudi Arabia on the list.



Of course, maybe "friendly" is too mild a term for our relationship...
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