December 17, 2012 | 'count on America to ride to the rescue'

Thomas L Freedman (‘My President is busy…’ International Herald Tribune Monday 12th November) advises Israelis not to ‘count on America to ride to the rescue.’

Well, America may need to.

The British Sunday Times (Sunday 11th November) reported Netanyahu saying he was prepared to strike Iran without the support of America. The Israeli opposition had a poster [...]


April 12, 2011 | Defence spending, etc..

James Blitz, Alex Barker and Carola Hoyos ended their very interesting and substantial article about Defence spending, “Up in the air” [FT September 21st 2010] by quoting RUSI’s Malcolm Chalmers: “This change in Britain’s posture will be the most significant since the immediate aftermath of the cold war”.

I have just re-read the Ministry [...]


April 12, 2011 | Comment, autumn 2010

I have listened, at two highly respectable London think tanks, to dramatic accounts, one of Iran’s Missiles, based on Israeli intelligence, the other about China’s economic and military espionage, based on American.

What with a new coalition government, a financial crisis, global warming, a deficit and government’s cuts and its SDSR, we in this country [...]


January 7, 2011 | Letter for possible publication - the Koreas

The dispute between the Koreas, and the Israel/Iran situation – have both been escalating, and in both there are usable nuclear weapons to hand. Particularly dangerous is likely to be Christmas day.
I hope Her Majesty’s Government is aware and alert, and encouraging restraint – as just shown by North Korea in the face of South [...]


November 10, 2010 | Deterrence

Nuclear deterrence hasn’t worked too badly for us all since 1945: it has stopped fools thinking they could attack nuclear-weapon states with impunity. Iran, encircled as she is by nuclear weapons on all sides, is guaranteed, surely, to think of some kind of deterrent – nuclear or otherwise.

With Israel and the United States claiming [...]