From Russia and Ukraine, to Israel and Gaza, to Libya and South Sudan – are the crises in these countries the direct result of a world without strong western leadership?
“I certainly think there is public apathy, both in America and in Europe, for further military entanglements, particularly in the Middle East,” Con Coughlin, defense editor at The Daily Telegraph told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday.
“A lot of people think we’ve spent a lot of effort, a lot of money on these places, and why can’t they get their act together? Why do we always have to get involved? And I think the politicians are reflecting that mood.”
The problem, Coughlin said, is when “people like Vladimir Putin” use that mood as permission to, for example, intervene in Ukraine, as the West alleges.
“And suddenly very important red lines about territorial integrity are crossed, and suddenly the West finds that it has to do something about it.”
Click above to watch Pleitgen’s full conversation with Coughlin.