Our columnist goes behind the scenes in the White House, as fly on the wall of the Oval Office.
Posts Tagged: War
“Were we to have come to Parliament to say ‘this is what our intentions are’, then not only Syria but Russia itself would have responded as well.”
WATCH: Lidington – “We are neither shutting our eyes nor holding our noses” to Assad’s other war crimes
As well as punishing the use of chemical weapons, “we are seeking to hold Assad to account at the UN Security Council…despite the fact that he is protected by Russia”.
WATCH: Thornberry – “It cannot be Donald Trump and a couple of allies deciding unilaterally” on Syria
“We have been here before, when we have not had clear evidence about weapons of mass destruction.”
WATCH: Johnson – “This was the right thing to do – to deter the use of chemical weapons not just by Assad but around the world”
“People around the world are looking now and saying ‘finally, someone stood up against that’, and the world said ‘enough’ to the use of such weapons.”
With over 1,000 responses in, the Tory grassroots appear to believe that May would be right to abandon Blair’s precedent and act on the royal prerogative.
Baroness Helic and Chloe Dalton: The victims of sexual violence in war have no #MeToo hashtag to highlight their story
The UK could set a lead by announcing that it will dedicate a fixed or minimum percentage of the aid budget to fighting sexual and gender based violence.
The atrocity demands a response, but will the President favour international diplomacy or military action?
It’s one thing to recognise the long-term threats posed by states such as Russia, quite another to meet them.
Not only are we helping the Kingdom achieve important domestic reforms, it gives us a platform to project our influence in this vital region.
Then as now, the United Kingdom is undermining its reputation and interests abroad by supporting an ally engaged in war crimes.
If the EU is serious about abolishing the idea of a ‘second-class Europe’ – which is the product of 20th Century occupations – it must support us too.
A president who is quick to attack friends and allies needs to bring other world leaders into his coalition.
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The way in which the 0.7 per cent target is defined is out of date. Lack of money is not necessarily the primary cause of underdevelopment.