A year later and the black flags of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS), currently fluttering across lands from from northern Syria to the Iraqi province of Diyala north-east of Baghdad, have once again pushed the noxious issue of intervention to the forefront of the US foreign policy debate - a discourse that is further dividing an already fractured Republican Party, with the question of action versus non-action likely to run all the way to the 2016 election.
Did anyone ever think that Bill Clinton, perhaps the greatest politician of our time, even rivaling LBJ, would ever go "gently into that good night"? WJC now seems to be in his element, relishing the fact that GOP hitman-in-chief Karl Rove has thrown down his chain-mailed gauntlet and gone after his beloved Hillary, questioning her health and ability to serve as president.
When the prime minister proclaimed last week that "we are a nation whose ideals are founded on the Bible," he reminded me so starkly of the arrogant populism and gleeful deceit with which American politicians routinely discuss religion. I thought that such pathetic attempts to score points with religious voters were more suited to the likes of Rick Perry than to David Cameron, but I was wrong.