The Canadian journalist's final paragraph of a very clear review of the HUGE loss of last Thursday received by Britain's PM David Cameron regarding his desire to engage Great Britain in war against Syria reads:
"Without clarity about significant targets for military action, especially chemical warfare units, storage sites, and delivery systems, and a reasonable certainty about who gave the Syrian orders, Mr. Obama’s desired “shot across the bow” of the Syrian regime is likely to prove futile, or worse."
This recent action by our cousins across the sea is a big deal.
And what about the pending actions at home, within our own "family"?
Sounds awfully familiar this time, as well.
Will The House of Representatives vote "yes" for engagement in Syria?
My guess is it will be a close vote. America is tired of war, not unlike the UK.
If those Americans who are engaged with their Representatives in Congress AND who are deeply tired by a decade of war, reach their Representatives and make their point VERY clear, Prime Minister David Cameron's defeat will be mirrored by the defeat of President Barrack Obama.
Our histories, as nations, have been so deeply wound together in the past, that a lesson from a century and a half ago might be in order. Again, from the Globe and Mail:
"In the 1870s, the great British liberal politician, William Gladstone, tried to create a climate of fury against the Ottoman Empire as he described their atrocities in the Balkans in gruesome detail. He wanted Britain to “punish” Turkey. But a cynical, old, Jewish prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, said No to war. Today, a young, inexperienced, Anglican prime minister, David Cameron, sought to commit Britain to warlike action but was stopped by his own parliament."
Will a young protestant US President be stopped by those rightfully cynical of furhter involvement in war within our government?
Fox News reported:
"Polls also show significant opposition among Americans to involvement after a decade of war in the Muslim world, and several officials have cited the faulty intelligence about weapons of mass destruction that led up to the Iraq war as justification of the need for lengthy debate before U.S. military action.
Administration officials said that until late Friday Obama appeared set on ordering a strike without first seeking Congress' approval. After a walk around the White House grounds with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, the president told his aide he had changed his mind."
PS: Maybe it's worse than I even thought. Here's a WSJ article just releaased about how "up hill" the President's plan is in Congress.