All three PMs did about as well as anyone could in the circumstances, and all three, so far as one can see, are doomed.
Posts Tagged: Iraq War
Robert Halfon: 30 years ago, Major defied foreign policy orthodoxies, saved thousands of Kurdish lives – and set us an example
Britons can be very proud that he quickly answered the calls of the Kurds at the moment of their righteous rebellion and intense suffering.
Robert Halfon: Conservatives must never be complacent about Starmer. The public mood can change quickly.
Plus: The Government will soon have to set out the tough decisions on public spending to constituents.
Profile: George Galloway, who “is going to vote for Beelzebub, I’m going to vote for a Scottish Tory”
This old-style socialist turns out to be much more of a small-c conservative than his many critics are willing to admit.
Profile: Tony Blair. Zealous, unrepentant and driven – the leader who took us to war in Iraq is reborn as our saviour from the pandemic.
It is hard to find any precedent for the path that he has chosen. What furies drive him? Why this frantic activity?
The region has been conspicuously absent from our foreign policy discourse, largely attributable to mistrust on intervention caused by the Iraq war.
Benjamin Obese-Jecty: Ministers must ensure the Overseas Operations Bill properly supports service personnel
It will uphold the election manifesto pledge to protect our service personnel against vexatious claims and the growing judicialization of warfare.
Daniel Hannan: Does the army really still need tanks? Or the navy aircraft carriers? Or the rest of us, the Trident system?
Let’s have a no-holds-barred strategic review which asks how we can best defend our interests given the vertiginous acceleration of military technology.
Robert Halfon: Helping our friends and allies the Kurds, beacons of pluralism and democracy in the Middle East
They deserve more attention in our developing foreign and security policy – since the Middle East matters massively to global peace and prosperity.
Daniel Hannan: One man driving to Durham imperils the nation’s health. But lots of protesters in London don’t. Have we all gone mad?
Sitting in a park is selfish, but organising a mass demonstration in a park is wonderful, and schools should still stay closed. Seriously?
Sarah Ingham: Memories of Wooton Bassett as we cheer NHS staff. PPE – and lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan.
How the backlash from Labour’s failure to protect our armed forces adequately led to a new Military Covenant.
The Prime Minister has shown a moderation of which his critics did not believe him capable.
The dismay the electorate showed for them last is being ignored. That makes it much harder for whoever becomes the Leader of the Opposition to establish any credibility.
This new government seems to want to concentrate its energies on giving Britain a cutting edge. Will it succeed where others have failed?
Johnson – at a stroke, a bigger player in foreign affairs, because of his larger majority. But what does he want to do?
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.