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The UK Takes A Pass

The BBC reports that David Cameron loses Commons vote on Syria action

British MPs have rejected possible UK military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to deter the use of chemical weapons.

A government motion was defeated by 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes.

PM David Cameron said “the government will act accordingly”, effectively ruling out London’s involvement in any US-led strikes against Damascus.

The Prime Minister may not watch public polling, but the members of Parliament apparently do, and don’t want to explain to their constituents why Britain is involved in another Mideast Conflict.

Cameron had already backed down from his original proposal on the intervention, and Parliament was no happier with his substitute proposal. The Parliament doesn’t want to get involved unless they can be convinced that there is a British concern involved, and there is a real chance of making a difference.

Now it’s time for the US Congress to do its duty, and vote on this issue.


1 Badtux { 08.31.13 at 10:26 pm }

Well, Barry apparently decided you were right. He gave a fine speech, and then dumped it all in Congress’s courtyard. Of course, he can read opinion polls as well as I can, and knows there’s maybe 17% support for a strike against Syria, so he figures he can’t win by bombing Syria on his own.

Now to see what Congress does once they get back from vacation…

2 Bryan { 09.01.13 at 12:00 am }

Most of the effort in the House will be expended on trying to figure out what Zero really wants to do, so they can oppose it, while the Senate will be filled with the squawks from the chickenhawks trying to prove how macho they are.

At least we aren’t going to kill anyone for a while, which is always a good thing. The ships in the Med can make port calls in Greece and Italy which need the business.