Alongside pro-war cheerleaders like Christopher Hitchens, were those who expressed honest doubt and ambiguity, such as Ian McEwan.
Few can seriously claim that UK on its own would have as much clout in trade negotiations as the whole of the EU.
The US has grown by 2.3 per cent in the last year, while the UK has remained flat.
The atmosphere between Washington and Beijing has soured, with mutual recriminations rising over the South China Sea, trade and human rights.
US defence secretary Leon Panetta on military action against Iran.
A one-state solution would be even more fraught with difficulty.
Beneath his cool veneer the US President is at last perceived as being sympathetic.
Granted extraordinary access to Pentagon officials, Edward Luce discovered that even they admit the