H'mm, the ugly American again rears his ugly head... I'd read over the years that even early on, circa the Atlantic Charter, Roosevelt had no wish to support the continuance of the British Empire after the war. However, I hadn't ever read up on Suez. It was just something I vaguely remember in the papers as a 9yr old. Just took a couple quick looks on the web, seems big oil, anti Semites, all had a hand in American policy at that time. Interesting, but I guess not surprising. We wanted the British out in the Mid east oil countries, so our oil industries could have more their way it seems.
As for the French, my, and I think many American's, take on them was that they were feeling snubbed that "American" had supplanted French as the international language as one star rose and the other fell. They were just sore losers, so to speak. Obviously, the news we got over the years was somewhat slanted
Not trying to start any political wars here, just commenting on how the same events can take on entirely different meanings depending on your geopolitical location. Thanks for sharing your side of the story. Knowledge beats ignorance every time.
And all a long way from a single measly M20's life story...