Those who want to project force in the Pacific must explain how it would be consistent with maintaining our strength at home and nearer abroad.
It is a litany of uncomfortable and inconvenient truths. Obsessing over these does little to spur progress.
My great fear is that
isolationism on the left and right could take root. And not all interventions have been disastrous – let alone about imposing our values.
Britain has a moral responsibility to do something in Libya, having played a key role in creating the dangerous vacuum that is swallowing the country today.
Perhaps the answer is bound up with China – and our inability to focus on more than a single problem at once.
It should remain a basic principle that no Government commits British troops into a conflict zone before a full statement in the Commons.
Ministers believe that the present legal framework isn’t fit for purpose if prosecutions of returning terrorists are to be successful.
The Court of Appeal’s judgement in the Begum case is a reminder of wider issues – and the pledge in last December’s manifesto.
As the great eye of the Conservative Party swivels its gaze towards the Far East, it’s in danger of missing other threats that are closer to home.
They deserve more attention in our developing foreign and security policy – since the Middle East matters massively to global peace and prosperity.
We are well-placed to aid in de-escalating the crisis, and ultimately securing a diplomatic solution.
Johnson, Macron and Merkel don’t agree on everything, but they share a common concern about ISIS now being allowed the space to revive.
It isn’t obvious that his foreign policy has been less effective than George W.Bush’s activism or Obama’s passivity. But what’s his aim here?
The death toll that can be laid at his feet is far greater than that attributable to ISIS and Al Qaeda.
It is no secret that some senior civil servants in the Foreign Office do not share the Prime Minister’s commitment to implementing the Truro Recommendations.