Obama Set for Limited Strike on Syria Despite British Vote


obamaPresident Barack Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said, despite a rejection of such action by Britain. All indications suggest that a strike could occur soon after UN investigators leave the country on Shabbos.

The White House presented its case for military action to Congressional leaders on Thursday. The administration said the U.S. had both the evidence and legal justification to carry out a strike aimed at deterring the Syrian leader from using chemical weapons again. President Obama has made clear that while he welcomed international participation, he was not depending on foreign forces for what would essentially be an operation conducted largely by U.S. naval vessels.

France Still Supports Strike on Syria

French President Francois Hollande says his country can go ahead with plans to strike Syria for using chemical weapons despite the British parliament’s failure to endorse military action. “The chemical massacre of Damascus cannot and must not remain unpunished,” Hollande told Le Monde today.

UK Parliament Rejects Military Strike

British Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to abandon plans for Britain to participate in military strikes against Syria after a motion in Parliament backing the use of force “if necessary” was rejected by 285 votes to 272. It is the first time that a British government has been blocked from executing a military deployment and highlights the deep mistrust of official intelligence in the wake of the Iraq war.

The prime minister said that he understood that there was not support for British action against Syria and indicated he would abandon any such plans. The prime minister had played a leading role in persuading President Obama of the need for action against Syria – with Britain tabling a draft UN resolution.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}