As Prime Minister, he swapped scepticism for interventionism, with unfortunate results in Libya.
It seldom occurs to this author that the best way to deal with fashionable absurdities is to laugh at them, and trust in the public’s common sense.
The Middle East had been entering a period of relative calm, but Putin’s aggression in Europe puts it at risk.
We have a legal duty to intervene if chemical weapons are used, and that is a duty we must not fail.
Be ready too, for him to surprise by doing less than expected, in the hope that the more skittish members of the Alliance peel off.
It is a litany of uncomfortable and inconvenient truths. Obsessing over these does little to spur progress.
It is time to consider some sort of international stabilisation and counter-terrorist organisation.
Too many defence reviews have followed the Blairite sentiment that we are an instrument for global wellbeing.
Mainly because people didn’t want troops to be there (or in the Middle East) in the first place.
A lot can be done through NATO structures like the Northern Group that brings together its members and partner countries.
Its development reputation has been tarnished, and nobody is able to define quite what the UK’s foreign policy actually is.
Britain has a moral responsibility to do something in Libya, having played a key role in creating the dangerous vacuum that is swallowing the country today.
The prominence of Russians in the UK means that the UK can play an outside role in making the migraine even worse.
Multilateral political cooperation with the EU, as well as the bilateral relations with its member states, remains in the UK’s best interest.
Tensions have been building for the best part of a year, serious skirmishes broke out in June – and America is nowhere to be seen.