In the run up to the Gulf war, from the summer of 1990, to the air attack early 1991, much of the media coverage concerned the war of bluff between George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein.
American Intelligence officers used to observe news footage of Saddam and count his blink rate to try to establish if he was becoming nervous as the pressure built.
If Colonel Gaddafi were to look at news footage of David Cameron these days, he’d see a similar nervous tick. However, with Cameron, it’s not a “blink rate”, but a “Lick rate”.
During this interview with Sky, on 17th April, he licks his lips three times while answering questions about Libya, but this doesn’t occur when he is interviewed about the AV referendum.
The charitable among you may say that perhaps he’d had a drink the night before and was just slightly dehydrated or nervous. But the original interview was much longer and I can positively confirm that he didn’t lick his lips once during the rest of the interview. It was only when he was speaking about Libya.
The reason this is interesting is that the greatest talent of David Cameron is his outward appearance of super self-confidence. For a politician, being able to persuade others that you have conviction is a vital characteristic.
What we see here is that outward display of confidence cracking under pressure, as his ill-advised military adventure, goes pear-shaped.