Many other people will be kept awake by the prospect of Donald Trump pursuing an interventionist policy abroad. Indeed, the world held its breath last week after the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, as it awaited Iran’s response and America’s response to that response. Fortunately, wise heads in Tehran and Washington prevailed. The immediate flashpoint seems to have passed, even though huge underlying tensions remain.
Mr Wallace’s candour in acknowledging that the UK cannot rely on the US being alongside it in future large-scale military operations is welcome. He told The Sunday Times: “The assumptions of 2010 that we were always going to be part of a US coalition on everything, is really just not where we are going to be.” He cited Mr Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria and his call for Nato to do more in the Middle East.
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