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The other obvious answer is... well.. I think Spain wants California back and the UK is after New England...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Tue Oct 14th, 2008 at 06:43:42 PM EST
I think it goes back further...

Spain wants a do over for the 1588 Armada. They're planning it for 2023 to coincide with the 425 anniversary of the first attempt. By then Scotland will be an independent country and England is scrambling to play defense. This is why McCain refuses to meet with Zapatero.

Any day now I expect to read reports about English piracy and restoration of the Scottish throne.

by Magnifico on Tue Oct 14th, 2008 at 07:21:46 PM EST
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... can get basing rights in France, and the RN goes ahead with decommissioning one of the two existing aircraft carriers on schedule, and the Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales are delivered late, sometime after 2012, Spain will hope to achieve local air superiority and wham.

OK, that makes sense. Might be inconvenient to do that to a fellow EU member ... what if the UK charts a course to remain in the EU to undermine the plot?

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Oct 14th, 2008 at 07:42:10 PM EST
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Actually, Spain is hoping to attack in 2013... a year before the 1st British aircraft carriers is finished. And of course, Spain can get basing rights. The French hate the English. That's the only reason why both countries have nuclear weapons -- as a deterrent for the other.
by Magnifico on Tue Oct 14th, 2008 at 10:41:51 PM EST
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There should be a year or two leeway, then (ahem, reference to the video clip) that there is only the single light carrier in service.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 12:48:09 AM EST
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Cool.  I'll become a Spaniard.  All that swash-buckling!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 11:35:51 AM EST
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