Ed Miliband finally gets level with the British public:
He told the conference on Tuesday: "I criticise nobody faced with making the toughest of decisions and I honour our troops who fought and died there, but I do believe that we were wrong. Wrong to take Britain to war."
Defence Secretary Liam Fox wants to maintain defence spending, but is in difficulty because he does not know what the British armed forces are supposed to be for:
"I am concerned that we do not have a narrative that we can communicate clearly."
Elsewhere, an old favourite: whither NATO.
Yesterday's gathering of scholars and policymakers, most of them Atlanticists from way back, were mostly at a loss for how to reignite NATO in the wake of Afghanistan. Indeed, it was as pessimistic a gathering as I've seen on the subject.
But this bears watching:
The closest we got was Josef Janning's observation that "relevance is not absolute." But even he conceded that "jobs" was the thing most voters care about these days and that defense spending was likely to have to be sold on that basis.