Whenever the Prime Minister gets on his hind legs to give support to one faction in some foreign land or to condemn another you can be sure of only one thing - he'll be backing the wrong horse. So consistently inept has Mr Cameron been at working out which protagonist is acting in Britain's interest and which is not, one is just grateful that his decimation of the armed forces has rendered him incapable of following policy blunder with military force.
Cameron's chums in Libya are now facilitating the largest ever migration of poor African economic migrants to Europe's soft underbelly, his friends in Ukraine are raving fascists who would definitely not be tolerant of Mr Mandelson and his Brazilian friend. More dangerously, his chums the Syrian rebels have now grown into ISIS and he faces having to change sides and support President Assad to contain a threat that's actually for the first time a danger to the UK. And as Peter Oborne suggests in the Telegraph Iran will be a critically important ally. Iraq has already put away old bitternesses and invited the Iranian Republican Guard in to help in the fight against ISIS.
So far Cameron has given all his support to the Sunni side in the Islamic civil war. I would rather we remain detached, supporting neither side, but if Cameron feels compelled to intervene, his history of error suggests we should be backing the Shia.
Given that Willie Hague doesn't share Cameron's scant acquaintance with history one wonders if the PM consults the FCO at all before Cameron puts his foot in it.