At the very same time that the Government is orchestrating a comprehensive security and defence review, that comment will have caused grave concern.
Treat claims of a communalist election with suspicion. The evidence suggests that ethnic minority voters prioritise domestic issues over foreign policy ones.
As the Foreign Secretary’s intervention on Hong Kong shows, Britain is a country which honours its responsibilities to former territories.
Brokenshire must keep an eye on the potential knock-on from the latest flare-up over terror, reprisals, a captured pilot and the disputed territory.
Britain should call in the Burmese ambassador, suspend its training programme with the Burma Army, and continue to press at the UN.
We need a mass of recommendations less than we need our institutions to do their job properly.
The contention that foreign policy is the driver of Islamist terror has been comprehensively demolished.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the targeting of Charlie Hebdo and its staff for murder had nothing whatsoever to do with western foreign policy.