There's a very funny smell hanging around Cameron, Obama, Libya and the 'stay' campaign right now. Firstly, the US President, whose every public word is guarded by a phalanx of PR experts, blames Cameron for leaving business unfinished in Libya. Then it's revealed that Obama will strongly support the 'stay' campaign. And now the leaks are starting that Obama wants boots on the ground in Libya before the end of his presidential term - that means this year. And Cameron has nothing left to lose.Now in today's Telegraph the rather fab Penny Mordaunt's fine piece is bracketed with an exclusive interview with Hammond, explaining why UK troops should go to Libya.
So one has to wonder if Cameron, like Blair, has already promised the US President that UK troops will fight in Libya alongside a US contingent - and whether Obama's support for the 'stay' campaign is the price for this.
No doubt Obama demanded that Cameron demonstrate his side of the deal before the departure of Air Force One. Watch this space.
If this is true, that lard-faced little man is even more contemptable than most people imagine.