Ideas and vision are necessary, but they are not sufficient. People need to see results and to achieve them they need to take part.
Posts Tagged: Iraq War
A generation of voters is coming of age with no memory of Iraq. They could grant him a new place in the history books – or even the Government.
The best way forward might be a statute of limitations on past conduct that covers the United Kingdom as a whole.
Parliament’s job should be to hold the Prime Minister and Executive to account for what they have to do, rather than becoming a party to it.
Public opinion would back missile strikes against Assad, and arming a credible opposition, were there to be one. But not more western boots on the ground.
A tour de force from May. Utter failure from Labour’s leader. And: how Blair’s Iraq legacy gives credence to deranged conspiracy theories.
The future leaders of the Left either don’t know their history, or prefer a made-up version of it.
Iraq may be a voluntary union in theory, but in practice it is sectarian, over-centralised, and coercive.
A dogmatic, utopian insistence on imposing the American model wholesale often runs contrary to establishing stability, growth, and the rule of law.
James Gray: Before yet another defence review, we must first answer the big question – what is Britain for?
Unless we know our role in the world, we cannot have a strategy. And without a strategy, we cannot suitably design our armed forces.
The Labour leader pledged “change at home and abroad” would reduce the threat of terrorism.
There is no foreign policy that could appease the likes of the Manchester terrorists. Islamists damn us if we intervene, and damn us if we don’t.
International humanitarian law may be imperfect, but it can ameliorate some of the worst horrors of armed conflict – such as the Khan Sheikhoun gas attack.
The halcyon days of Charles Kennedy’s leadership offer a clear temptation to revert to the party’s old opportunist ways. Will their new, more governmental habits stick?
We must not allow Brexit to force us to make lucrative deals with repressive autocracies, even as they commit human rights violations and possible war crimes.