|British nuclear submarine HMS Vanguard.|
The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship”, which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website.
The episode competes in terms of amount of egg on our collective faces with Russia's rather public refusal of our State Depratment's secret offer to reneg on our allies and forgo our treaty obligations in exchange for Russia's help with Iran. Putin embaressed Obama by making the offer public, thereby striking fear in our allies hearts as they came to realize how willing President Obama was to sell them all down the river.
That was Obama's real life 'reset' experience with Vladimir Putin.