Poor David Cameron. With Osborne doing a splendid job running the United Kingdom, leaving Dave just to do the foreign policy stuff, he should by rights get things right at least half the time even, as seems the case, he has absolutely no idea what he's doing. A lame-duck PM, with his mind more on Cornish beaches and seafood suppers than the negotiating table, Cameron has the knack of backing the wrong horse every time.
Now he wants to join again with the fanatical Wahhabist Sunni savages from Saudi and the gulf states against Assad of Syria, the man who led a tolerant, multi-faith Syria protective of its substantial Christian minorities, whatever his other faults. But Dave has been slapped down before, the last time he tried to bat for the Saudi despots. So this time he's proposing we fight ISIS and Assad at the same time. Wizard wheeze, eh chaps? Parliament will never see it.
Cameron would be well-advised to heed the advice of Crispin Blunt, writing in the Telegraph today. We need to sit around a table with Russia and Saudi both present, and agree a solution for Syria that retains a secular Ba'athist core state with religious freedom and protection for Christians and other minorities, albeit one giving Russia a Mediterranean port. The answer to the impotence in the Med of the Royal Navy is greater defence spending, not handing Syria to the arab fanatics.