….they can do it themselves! Look at the bind we're in now, and I feel for that poor tanker crew seized in the Strait of Hormuz. What this episode has done is to highlight the effects of the Tory cuts to our military and naval power. Our impotence has been exposed. We are no longer capable of carrying out the most basic of military adventures from long-range without American, Saudi or Israeli assistance. The problem is that Trump has always expressed his distaste for military adventurism in the Middle East. He may have hawkish advisers like Bolton and Pompeo but is unlikely to commit to war, particularly on our behalf if there's no obvious benefit for America itself.