I already knew this but even I was amazed at what reportedly came out of his mouth over those people who opposed the move to join with the bombing of Syria. According to the Telegraph Cameron said
“You don't want to walk through the lobbies with Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers."
He added: "If you, like me, agree that Isil needs to be defeated, you should not be sitting on your hands."
"They want to bomb us now, they would have liked to bomb us already."
"I don't want to win this on the basis of Labour votes. I want to win this on the basis of Conservative votes."
He labeled those people “terrorist sympathizers” because they were calling for a coherent international strategy, taking into account what has been learned from the last 15 years of war in the Middle East.
This “bunch of terrorists sympathizers” include
General Stanley McChrystal, who has stated that dropping bombs on Isis won’t work and isn’t a strategy
Retired US Army Gen. Mike Flynn, a top intelligence official in the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, says that the drone war is creating more terrorists than it is killing.
Cameron’s own Foreign Affairs Committee published a report saying there should be no British airstrikes in Syria without a coherent international strategy to both defeat ISIL and end the Syrian civil war.
Maj-Gen Chapman Chip Chapman who is a former Head of Counter Terrorism at the Ministry of Defence and ex-Military Adviser to US Central Command said Bombing will make us a popular ally with US but won't make us safer
Julian Lewis, Conservative chairman of the Commons Defense Committee said the government was in denial about the effectiveness of bombing without deploying viable ground troops. He compared Cameron’s assertion that there are as many as 70,000 moderate opposition fighters in Syria with the “dodgy dossier” on Iraq’s military capabilities.
Even the Financial Times ran an article with 43 key points most of which outlined why the government’s plan is unsound. The piece in the FT pointed out that :-
39. We recognise that there are people in this country with doubts about the wisdom of this action.
40. But, since those doubts are going to be articulated by Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, we are not too worried about that.
David Cameron has shown us time and time again where his loyalties lie and they certainly aren’t with the people of Britain. However he is a very dangerous spin-doctor, for be assured a ‘spin-doctor’ is exactly what he is.
He showed NO REAL LEADERSHIP here.
Cameron has no strategic plan. No plan for rebuilding Syria; rather his speech in the debate was predicated on misinformation, on building fear and on discrediting any opposition to his proposal. School-bullyboy tactics.
“These terrorists are plotting to kill us and to radicalize our children right now” he said adding yet more fear to the ‘threat that the anti war lobby’ are terrorists sympathizers.
The government’s own National Security Advisor had said in a briefing to MPs that more than 40 per cent of the 70.000 moderate opposition fighters he talked about were in fact radical Islamists
Far from being a unified force of “boots on the Ground” this 70,000 is made up of no less than 120 separate rebel groups (1), with radical religious differences and most with no training. The commonality between them is their hatred of Assad rather than a focus on ISIS.
However, Cameron is well practiced in Spin!
A former Carlton executive remembers Cameron as "quite unremarkable". Another senior media executive who attended many meetings with Cameron says: "He didn't lead well or dictate the agenda. He always had opinions … and he was an articulate speaker but … I can never remember [him] grabbing a meeting because of the power of his arguments or the manner of his delivery."
Many of the journalists who dealt regularly with Cameron in his younger days, still remember him as a PR man capable of dissembling and doling out disinformation. "I have to pinch myself when I think he could be prime minister," says (one) senior journalist. "I can still picture him wringing his hands behind Michael Green's back. It's like that saying from the US – they say 'Anyone can become president' – and now I'm starting to believe it."
1. A map showing the rebel control distribution within Syria during the Civil war as know two years ago