Whilst the war party (which in practice covers MPs in all three traditional big Westminster groupings) is quiet-ish in the UK, in the US debate is becoming more polarised. If it is Hillary Clinton following Obama as President, or any Republican bar Rand Paul, US troops will be heading to the Middle East in significant numbers.
The quote below from Republican dissident Patrick Buchanan, perhaps best encapsulates the nonsense John McCain and others would inflict now if they could:
Interviewed by CBS News, Gen. David Petraeus said the United States is “probably losing” the war to ISIS, and we need more U.S. troops in Iraq or we run “the risk of losing the fight.”
Now consider what the general is saying:
America should send her best and bravest back into Iraq to defeat ISIS, while Turkey, the Saudis, the Gulf Arabs and Israel are helping bring about the defeat of a Syrian army that has been battling ISIS for years.
Buchanan ends with a call that America should in effect, mind America's business, not that of its questionable allies. In Britain the main MP pushing the intervention line is the wasp-like Dr Liam Fox, who thankfully was not invited to return to the Cabinet following the Conservatives victory last month. Buchanan's dismissal of General Petraeus is equally applicable to Fox and whichever members of the war party he manages to get behind him in the coming months. Let us mind our own business.