The response of the US and UK governments to the latest nightmarish crisis in Iraq is an incoherent mess. The two administrations are in agonised doubt about what to do and what they have the space to do given their respective domestic political contexts.

In an illuminating interview with the New York Times at the weekend President Obama outlined more explicitly than before his approach to foreign policy, adopting principles far removed from those that determined the policies of the wayward Bush regime. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog