I think that Americans on the whole are far more optimistic than Brits. It is a relatively new country where people have been subjected to optimistic slogans over the years.." Be true to yourself".."Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The American dream" etc etc etc. America has never been attacked as in the case of the UK so has never really experienced the hardships of digging themselves out of the rubble so to speak. The post war years in America were productive..Colour TV's, big cars, eat out diners as the war industry quite easily reverted back to manufacturing for the consumer . Not so in the U.K. where the post war years were all about rebuilding half the cities and manufacturing plants. Even as a little boy in London in the 50's I can remember my mum having a ration book and eating powdered eggs from a tin. The American mindset has always been built on optimism with self help groups on just about every subject you could imagine. Brits on the other hand are generally far more pessimistic. I steer clear of military muscle threads but do shake my head in disbelief at all the "The French run and surrender" posts and suchlike you often get from some of the Rambo types. The French surrendered simply because they didn't have the stomach for another war after losing virtually half it's male population some twenty years earlier on it's own soil. What a lot of people also don't know is that the number of American dead at the D day landings would have been immense and an absolute massacre had not British generals intervened. The average US conscript back then had never seen military action and hand to hand street fighting and their only contact with firearms was going hunting and owning guns as youngsters on farms etc. When it came to D day many young Americans were raring to go and believed it would be an out and out turkey shoot. It was only after British generals and American generals got together on plans for the beach landings that orders were given down the chain of command to curb the enthusiasm of the soldiers and in fact most of their officers too that a total all out massacre was avoided. Most had no idea or simply didn't care that the German military were an extremely highly experienced and well oiled combat machine. Luckily attack plans were changed and thousands of young American lives were saved. And in the meantime the French resistance at extreme peril to themselves and families passed on vital information and blew German supply lines to clear a path wherever they could.