That is the Ultimate Crisis point, and in discussing the situation in Berlin I believe it to be wrong to turn away from facing that fact.
In the eventuality of an Ultimate Crisis the Americans would not have the same interest in our preservation as we nave.
It depends, it seems to me, on whether in an Ultimate Crisis we are prepared to be wholly dependent on the United States.
However, the Ultimate Crisis is the underfunding of pension schemes.
It is perhaps a paradox that those who oppose this decision are often among the fiercest critics of the United States; yet, in the Ultimate Crisis, such people would leave our security wholly dependent on the credibility and resolve of the White House - or of the Élysée - and its readiness to risk everything for the sake of Britain.