Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
It would be a mistake if the house got into the habit of calling for explanations on varying episodes in this dangerous and widespread war and asked for an account to be given of when any action was lost or any part of the front was beaten in. In the first place no full explanation could possibly be given without revealing valuable information to the enemy.
The dictator governments are not under any such pressure to explain or excuse any ill success that may befall on them, unlike these formidable potentates, I am only a servant of the crown and parliament and I am always at the disposal of the house of commons. This house would not wish any servant whom it has entrusted with such duties to be at disadvantage against our antagonists.
I have not heard that Hitler had to attend the Reichstage and tell them why he sent the “Bismark”, on the disastrous cruise. Neither have I heard of any convincing statement by Mussolini of the reasons why the greatest part of his African Empire has been conquered and so many of his soldiers are prisoners in our hands. I should feel needless disadvantage if I were obliged to give an account of our operations irrespective of whether the time is suitable or not. It would be better if I am permitted on behalf of government to choose the occasion to make statements about the war.
What does the speaker mean by “Formidable potentates” and “our antagonists”?
A The enemies of the allied powers and the powerful rulers
B The powerful rulers and the enemies of the allied powers.
C The completely free person at the top and the opposition in the house
D None of these