Do U.S. Troops need to be in Saudi Arabia?

Do U.S. troops need to be in Saudi Arabia?

I mean need is a hard word, they're doing a lot of work. But certainly after the attacks on Saudi oil processing, taking half of their oil off the market, they wanted some form of show that the United States are supporting them. And they are, by the way, the world's largest purchasers of American defense equipment. So I'm not at all surprised that the U.S. wanted to provide some level of support, threatening the Iranians: "don't do this again we're gonna hit you back." But Trump wants to avoid a war. On balance, I think this was the right decision to make. Keep in mind though, they will be seen as a target.

Are India and Pakistan on the brink of war?

I'm gonna say no. We're not going farther with that.

Will the protests against Egyptian President el-Sisi spread?

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I think so, because they have been pushed ahead by someone who was very involved in the military sphere. Big contractors showing a lot of corruption. He's got information that no one else has. You've had big demonstrations across the country. There's been some violence and responding to them. I expect they'll expand.

What sank British tour company Thomas Cook?

Well they've gone bankrupt. But they've also left like six hundred thousand people stranded all over the world. That's a disaster. And the U.K. is going to have to do something to actually repatriate them, support them at a time when the U.K. can't get anything right. Watch for all sorts of people getting really angry, even angrier than they were before, at prime minister Boris Johnson. He kind of brings that out in people.

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William Hague: What is my prediction for the election?

Well, I think that conservatives will definitely have a bigger lead in votes over the Labour Party than at the last election, two years ago. Now that should give them a majority in the House of Commons. But then there will be tactical voting between Labour and Liberal voters against the Conservatives. And there are many undecided people at the last minute. So, I would go for a small conservative majority, maybe around 20 seats, which is also what some of the most sophisticated pollsters have said.

David Miliband: Who do you predict will win the UK elections?

I'm very careful about predictions, especially about the future, as someone famously said. The polls are pretty clear that this has been a dismal campaign, an unpopularity contest in all sorts of ways in which the lesser of two evils is perceived by the voters to be a conservative vote. So, the polls are giving a range of possibilities from a hung parliament right through to a large conservative majority. Obviously, I don't know who's going to win. My tour around the country last week gave me a real sense, a yearning really, for a better choice, for better choices, for more fronting up by the parties, because both parties have done a job of avoiding some of the hardest choices. And so, I predict that whoever wins, there are some very difficult choices ahead. And the sooner that politics is about what you're asking for as well as what you're offering. As Tawney said, after Labour lost the 1931 election, "we offered too much and asked too little." The sooner politics is about shared endeavor, the better for the country.

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