Miliband Goes the Full Henry Jackson 110

Full on neo-con philosophy underpinned Miliband’s “speech” to the Royal Institute of International Affairs yesterday. Miliband acknowledged that our bombing of Libya back to the stone age was the root cause of the boat people crisis.



But Miliband was not admitting that the Guernica style massacre was wrong – he voted for it. No, he was going the full Henry Jackson and arguing that what had been needed was neo-colonial occupation of Libya in order to reform its institutions – precisely as had been done in Iraq. And we all know how that went.

This is a blow to those who believed that Miliband was different from Blair, Brown, Murphy and his brother. In fact, the entire “speech” could have been written by the Henry Jackson Society. It bemoans the decline of the authority of international institutions like the UN and International Court of Justice, but states that this is because they had failed – and failed in particular to back western military intervention everywhere. Miliband argues that the solution is for individual states to take unilateral armed action abroad, but bemoans that this is more difficult because of cuts in western defence budgets. He wants increased defence spending to fund increased military intervention abroad. He does not acknowledge that it is precisely unilateral western military action in attacking other states which has destroyed the authority of the UN in the first place.

The “speech” is in fact a series of slogans, loosely connected. Both the content and the style say a huge amount about the depths to which our civic society has sunk. The prospect of this intellectual midget and neo-con lickspittle becoming Prime Minister is frankly appalling.

The RIIA, better known as Chatham House, does not normally hear lectures written by somebody incapable of constructing a paragraph of more than ten words. It would give me great pleasure if you would be so kind just to glance at the lecture I gave to Chatham House eleven years ago. Of course it is on a much more specific subject than Miliband’s neo-con declaration of faith, but I still feel I come rather well out of the contrast.

Rather like those Soviet parade photos where the nomenklatura got airbrushed out after execution, all trace of my lecture has disappeared from the Chatham House website.

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110 thoughts on “Miliband Goes the Full Henry Jackson

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  • Resident Dissident

    What you said was:

    “Doug, it’s good to have these racists expressing their views openly. That way decent people know who they are. Theresa May is of this persuasion. I bet she’s clicked the Like box together with nearly 2,700 other fascists.”

    You clearly said May was of a racist persuasion and saying that she clicked the like box with “2,700 OTHER fascists” makes it clear that you think she is a fascist as well.

    I should have said “words to that effect” when I made the quote – but it is pretty clear what you called Theresa May. And anyway given that you are a serial liar on so many matters I hardly think you have the right to engage in such semantic quibbles.

    But then of course anyone who disagrees with you is a fascist aren’t they?

    Your comments on Karimov Putin relations are also really laughable – I quoted part of the article – but even if I had quoted the whole article the drift that Karimov is sharing Putin’s arse with yourself is still pretty clear.

  • Resident Dissident

    “This dilemma will afflict the SNP in time, too.”

    The conflict between idealism and realism has always been there – and perhaps those who achieve most rather than celebrating glorious failures are those who actually recognise this to be the case. I did note that the IFS review this week did highlight that the SNP’s plans to reduce spending over the next Parliament were for greater reductions than Labour – yet the SNP are playing the anti-austerity card.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    RD – I’m for realpolitik, too. I hope the SNP can retain a long-term, more egalitarian vision, whatever the short-term necessities of the situation. Looking at what the financiers are doing to ordinary Greeks – and may very well end up doing to the UK – in the interests of preserving their right to create wealth from repackaged pixie dust, I’m not too optimistic, but at least the SNP leadership shows some signs of knowing what they’re up against.

  • John Goss

    “Of course Mr Goss was unable to read the rest of the article about what happened in early 2013

    For the full history of the love in Mr Goss can look here and perhaps he can join his hero in offering his congratulations to Karimov on his re-election.

    I read the whole article and republished it together with some of the bits you left out. Which is more than you did in your attempt to obfuscate. But then you put another obfuscatory link in not related to 2013 but related to March 2015 after sanctions had been applied by the US and more than 6,000 people had been killed in the first civil war in Ukraine since 1921.

    Dear, dear, what a muddled mind you have.

  • Resident Dissident

    But then you put another obfuscatory link in not related to 2013 but related to March 2015 after sanctions had been applied by the US and more than 6,000 people had been killed in the first civil war in Ukraine since 1921.

    The link to the Kremlin contained the whole arse licking relationship between Putin and Karimov back to 2010.

  • Resident Dissident

    Perhaps Mr Goss might wish to enlighten us as to whether Mr Putin was forced into his friendships with Kadyrov and Lukashenko as a result of actions by the evil US?

  • Resident Dissident

    “Am I the only one to feel depressed when looking at the list of politicians billed as the “rising stars” and “tomorrow’s leaders” of the Conservative and Labour parties?”

    No – the career model in both parties is increasingly through the party machines and lobbying/PR I’m afraid – but I’m not sure it is just the parties that are to blame – give a less than polished presentation and the media are soon on top of you.

  • Resident Dissident

    “I hope the SNP can retain a long-term, more egalitarian vision, whatever the short-term necessities of the situation.”

    I think you will find that Nicola Sturgeon is even more of a machine polician than most – here husband is CEO of the SNP and look what she has already done to the Parliamentary standing orders. All this talk of the party members exerting influence over les Sturgeons and Wee Eck is rather far fetched I’m afraid.

  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

    “RD 22/99 posts

    Habbabkuk 17/99 posts

    Mary 9/99 posts

    Enough said.”

    Your point?

    Are you jealous?

  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)


    “Not at all. I contribute. You too just troll.”


    “You too..”?

    Rogue finger or rogue vocabulary?

  • Daniel

    “… I’d like to apologise to Craig for the way that I entered these threads a few weeks ago. I may not agree with a lot of what he has to say, but at least I can see that he is fair enough to allow me to voice my opinion on these threads without deleting it. All to the good too, as it makes for a far more interesting debate than having a load of people agree with each other.”

    Unlike, for example, the pro-neoZionist and Likud fan boy tribalism indicative of this site where dissent is not tolerated:

    Contributions mainly consist of tribal-based back-slapping and ad hominem’s underscored by overt forms of censorship by poster’s who appear to be suffering from acute forms of antisemitosis.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Foregone conclusion dept.

    “…The record high turnout at the vote demonstrated the unity of Kazakhstan’s people, their desire to live in a stable state and their support for the program I put forward before them,” said Nazarbayev afterwards*

    Mazarbayev’s highly-paid advisor featured here…earlier.

    *Ok, not afterwards.

  • doug scorgie

    Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)
    25 Apr, 2015 – 11:35 am

    “Her Majesty is always dignified, as befits a Head of State, the Head of the Commonwealth and a symbol of national unity.”

    She also farts in bed Habbabkuk.

  • doug scorgie

    Resident Dissident

    25 Apr, 2015 – 2:53 pm

    “What I find touching about Putin’s Valdai club website is how Uzbekistan is part of the “Near Abroad” – what is special about the “Near Abroad” – is it part of Goss’s homeland or Russian Empire, despite the fact that Tashkent is further from Moscow than London both in miles and many other ways?”

    Moscow – London 3,891 Km
    Moscow – Tashkent 3,399 Km

    Facts are facts.

  • John Spencer-Davis

    Here is a video and a transcript of Miliband’s remarks.

    Reading the transcript, I think it is so banal I would have been embarrassed to deliver it. I wonder if he wrote it himself?

    Most notable to me, is the entire absence of the word “labour” except as a proper noun naming government or party. There appears to be no conception whatever, even in frozen historical perspective, of what the party he leads was ever even supposed to be about. It’s sad: it really is.

    Kind regards,


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