Friday, 13 June 2014

UK useless at foreign policy shock

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.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

"his history of error suggests we should be backing the Shia."

Problem is Cameron has substantial domestic opinion on which side to support.

Another of the manifest benefits of our vibrant diverse community!

Scpetical Steve said...

It's quite unfair to pin this on our posturing PM. In reality, despite his pretence, he'll be toeing a common European line, developed and implemented through that great diplomatic colossus, Catherine Ashton.

It seems that there is truly no situation that cannot be made worse through the intervention of the EU.

mikebravo said...

All will wait for a message from on high via the messiah oblahblah.

Ripley said...

I say we just nuke the entire site from orbit.

It's the only way to be sure.

Anonymous said...

Dear Boy, the FCO are Sunnis to a man.

nonoftheabove said...

cameron is not interested in those working in Britains best interest, in fact he's only interested in those working against us.
In the good old days he would be hung as a traitor.
Nonoftheabove

nonoftheabove said...

cameron is not interested in those working in Britains best interest, in fact he's only interested in those working against us.
In the good old days he would be hung as a traitor.
Nonoftheabove

nonoftheabove said...

cameron is not interested in those working in Britains best interest, in fact he's only interested in those working against us.
In the good old days he would be hung as a traitor.
Nonoftheabove

Anonymous said...

Arranging a regional conflict to deliver a specific goal is much more difficult these days. Gone are the days when you could set one group against another, then sit back, wait for the smoke to clear and send in your corporations.

Damn shame.

Steve

andy said...

What Ripley said.

Budgie said...

"So consistently inept has Mr Cameron been" .....

Full stop.