The Prime Minister declared war at PMQs today. Not once but twice in the same sentence. ‘We’re at war in Libya and in Afghanistan,’ he said, in a throwaway footnote to some ritual noises about his ‘huge respect for our armed forces.’ Until this historic moment Britain had been engaged in peace-keeping and nation-building in Afghanistan, and in civilian protection and tyrant-bothering in Libya. But now it’s official. We’re mobilised on two fronts.
This in the same week that Cameron had, in effect, been telling the military Top Brass that he’s the boss:
David Cameron launched an extraordinary attack yesterday on moaning military chiefs who openly questioned the length of the war in Libya.
In a humiliating public slapdown, the Prime Minister told complaining top brass: ‘You do the fighting and I’ll do the talking’.
Actually, Dave, and especially in matters military, you’re not. She, down the other end of the Mall, is. You’re merely temping as her first minister.