Thursday, August 29, 2013

British vote on Syria

It's time for the Obama administration to listen to their GPS device, which is saying "recalculating." The road to Damascus has suddenly been blocked.

The British parliament tonight voted 285-272 against a fairly mild government proposal that read as follows:
That this House, ... Believes that the United Nations Security Council must have the opportunity immediately to consider that briefing and that every effort should be made to secure a Security Council Resolution backing military action before any such action is taken, and notes that before any direct British involvement in such action a further vote of the House of Commons will take place; and
Notes that this Resolution relates solely to efforts to alleviate humanitarian suffering by deterring use of chemical weapons and does not sanction any action in Syria with wider objectives.
Note that the language urges military action but conditions it on UN Security Council approval and a subsequent parliamentary vote. Note that it stops short of calling for regime change,

Despite those provisions, parliament voted no.-

Meanwhile, the French want to wait for the formal UN inspectors' report.

Isn't this reason enough for the administration to stand down? Isn't it time to "recalculate'?

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