#1 David Cameron rules out any future military action in Syria09-04-2013, 11:45 AM
David Cameron has publicly ruled out the prospect of British military action in Syria following days of speculation that MPs could be allowed to reconsider the case for intervention because of events in America.David Cameron, the Prime Minister Photo: REUTERS
By Peter Dominiczak, Political Correspondent1:33PM BST 04 Sep 2013
The Prime Minister said that the UK “can’t be part and won’t be part” of any military strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Mr Cameron has come under pressure from senior Conservative to hold a second vote in the Commons on the issue after Barack Obama, the US President, delayed his response in Syria.
A number of ministers including Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, this week appeared to leave the door open to a second vote if the circumstances in Syria “change very significantly”.
Downing Street had for days only said that there were "absolutely no plans" to return to the Commons for another vote on Syria.
However, speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Cameron excluded the possibility of Britain having any role in military action.
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In a related story, a boxed set of DVDs containing the top 100 AFI picks, but coded only for North America, was found in a trash bin outside of 10 Downing Street, and a spokesman for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, speaking in front of a bust of former PM Sir Winston Churchill, suggested that the proper place to stick an iPod containing a collection of Obama speeches would be in that part of the former British Empire "where the sun never shines, much less sets."
White House spokesperson Jay Carney denied that this was a setback for the administration, saying that our relations with Britain are as good today as they were in 1776, or at least 1812, and that this did not reflect a failure of diplomacy by the administration. The decision was not based on a lack of confidence, but rather, a lack of certainty as to the nature of the chemical attack. "Nobody has determined whether a red line had been crossed, whether the line was actually red (some said that it looked sort of burgundy) or even a line at all, as it had a pronounced curve to it, and nobody is going to go to war over a burgundy arc in the sand."
House and Senate Republicans today stated that it was the function of a loyal opposition to support the actions of the government during wartime, and several spoke out in favor of Obama's stated course of action. In response, Obama denounced the war-mongering GOP that was preparing to force him to engage in yet another war in the Muslim world, during a brief break between the eighth and ninth holes at the FT Belvoir golf course. The press corps maintained a respectful silence, broken only when Chris Matthews fell over due to uncontrolled tingling in his leg.
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
09-04-2013, 12:55 PM
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Aides to President Obama said today that he was “visibly shaken” after receiving support from House Speaker John Boehner for his Syria campaign, adding that the Speaker’s vote of confidence was “making him rethink the whole thing.”
An aide to Mr. Obama, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that he was in the Oval Office with the President when he got the call from Mr. Boehner: “As it became clear that Boehner was going to support him on this, he looked more and more stunned. He was trying to stay calm and all but you could see that he was really taken aback.”
After putting down the phone with Mr. Boehner, the President reportedly told aides, “Boehner’s supporting it. That’s so weird. This is still a good idea, right?”
Moments after the President had “seemed to settle down,” the aide said, he received a phone call from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who also offered his support for the Syria plan.
“That one really rattled him,” the aide said. “He was like, ‘I think I need to take a long walk.’”
The calls from Mr. Boehner and Mr. Cantor have created what the aide called “the biggest crisis of confidence this President has ever experienced.”
“I checked in on him later in the day, just to see if he was O.K.,” the aide said. “He was cradling his head in his hands saying, ‘I just don’t know. I just don’t know anymore.’”
While the President’s plan to attack Syria remains on the table, the aide indicated that the situation is very fluid: “If Rand Paul calls today and says he’s in, the whole thing goes away.”
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