US Going Solo? Britain Rejects Force in Syria
NYT says Obama prepared to act alone
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2013 4:55 PM CDT
Britain Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a debate on Syria Thursday.   (PA)

(Newser) – If the US intends to move forward with a military strike against Syria, it will have to do so without its usual partner: The British Parliament today rejected any use of force, a vote that the AP describes as a "stunning defeat" for Prime Minister David Cameron. The vote may not deter the White House, however: The New York Times says President Obama is prepared to act alone, even if he lacks the support of the UN Security Council and the US Congress as well. The White House, which continues to stress that no decision has been made, is set to make its case for potential military action to Congress tonight.

The British vote surely stings in the West Wing. The Guardian notes that Britain has joined the US "in every significant military outing" since the 1989 Panama invasion. Today's vote was technically nonbinding, but the Wall Street Journal says it makes it all but impossible for Cameron to authorize any military action. Afterward, he issued a brief statement saying that while he thinks Syria deserves a "tough response," he would respect the will of parliament.

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Aug 30, 2013 4:23 PM CDT
Obama needs to worry about the violence in America not other countries. When are we going to get ANY president to put its citizens first.
Aug 30, 2013 11:51 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD..... Will England and France get Obama, to attack Syria for them .. like they did, in Libya? Just remove the Union made in the USA, England, and France labels .. on the missiles and bombs, and blame Assad for using them, against his own people .. (like the US death squads already did?) Another inconvenient truth? .. will Obama play the Uncle Tom for England and France again? ...... REALLY?
Aug 30, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
Obama should act alone. He could fly in on a cruise missile and parachute into Damascus