There are two inferences that almost everybody agrees on: firstly, that the Taliban has won and will likely exploit the power vacuum for their own barbaric purposes; secondly, that America’s decision to leave is nonetheless the best for all concerned.
There are legitimate reasons to be sceptical of Brexit, but one of the silliest claims is that isolationism stems from nostalgia for Empire or even “neo-colonialism”. This violates the first law of all political tactics, which is to know your enemy.
The Trump bogeyman has allowed new space for revisionism about recent foreign policy failures. George W Bush has been effectively rehabilitated, specifically by the liberal press. Some are even wondering: was the Iraq War really so bad?
“No matter how dire the crisis has become, [the Saudi coalition] have been able to count on the uncritical political and military support of the UK government. That support must end, and so must have the arms sales that have done so much damage.”
“When you make the gun, put the bullet in the chamber, then point the barrel while another man pulls the trigger, who is responsible for the shooting? By any reasonable definition the UK is at war with the people of Yemen.”
“The Israeli state intends to continue the attack on Palestinian rights and sovereignty because it wants to and because it can. The Palestinians’ only allies in the world will be those for whom this is no justification at all.”