The Jacksonauts make their contribution to public discourse:
MPs were given a stark warning this week: "We've already lost Turkey, Lebanon is gone too" â€“ and now the west can't afford to lose Egypt.
The bearer of this message was Mort Zuckerman, the American newspaper and property mogul. He was in Westminster as a guest of the neoconservative Henry Jackson Society, which boasts Michael Gove and Nick Boles among its supporters.
Well, yeah: thanks for that. Allegra Stratton says that the Tories are divided over Egypt and suspicious of their soft-on-the-muslims coalition chums. Well, probably. Itâ€™s not a three line whip issue. Personally I think Cameron has been a distinct improvement on this predecessor but one on this. I heard him yesterday going on about how despicable the violence was and thought he soundedâ€¦well, quite sweet, really.
The worst prospect for people like the Henry Jackson Society is if the Egyptian revolution succeeds and doesnâ€™t lead to the Brothers establishing the Nilotic branch caliphate. Itâ€™s not a result youâ€™d welcome if your financing and raison dâ€™etre is threat-mongering. A lot of so called anti-jihadists have already flipped over into alternate reality, but thatâ€™s not an option if you have pretensions to respectability. Not so much, anyway.