“It was a false declaration to say that we won, ISIS had been defeated…we are tired of fighting, someone else’s burden. “
“Because you have the right to have a Defense Secretary whose views are better aligned with yours…I believe it is right for me to step down from my position.”
Though by demanding that America’s allies spend more on their own defence, the President is unwittingly doing us a favour.
We need America. So we need its President – whether we like him or not. May must not let Macron walk off with Europe’s defence and security leadership.
The Prime Minister faces a difficult afternoon – but will be aided by the unwillingess of Tory backbenchers to line up with Jeremy Corbyn.
The erroneous assumption that hostile states were no longer relevant has rightly been abandoned. Now our Armed Forces need the resources to meet the challenge.
The brutal reality is that Britain needs the country the President governs – and so by extension needs him too.
The challenge for aid donors and recipients alike is to work together to improve its efficiency and effectiveness.
The deal won’t stop Iran’s nuclear programme for good, but it is still better than alternative, military means of non-proliferation.
They have the capacity to make a larger contribution to Europe’s defence. They should do so.
We should not only meet our spending minimum, but exceed it in order to maximise our vital strategic and tactical needs.
“We hope that it abides by the Minsk agreements, curbs the reckless military activity, and ditches the misinformation.”
Downing Street may have briefed in advance that there’s no real comparison. But she will clearly play on it for all it’s worth.
The President doesn’t indulge in euphemism or try to dodge the abhorrent idea. And he’ll keep on talking about it.