Yesterday, the British parliament rejected military action in Syria
Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he regretted the failure of the British parliament to support military action in Syria but that he hoped President Barack Obama would understand the need to listen to the wishes of the people.
"I think the American public, the American people and President Obama will understand," Cameron said just hours after parliament voted against a government motion to authorize the principle of military action in Syria.
"I haven't spoken to him (Obama) since the debate and the vote but I would expect to speak to him over the next day or so. I don't think it's a question of having to apologize," Cameron said in an interview aired on British television channels.
Obama may get France as an ally in Syria after Britain balks
Hollande says he still favors a targeted strike on Syria-
Even if they have to bypass the U.N.
"France is ready"
France signaled it might act as the principal U.S. ally in a military strike against Syria, filling a hole left by Britain’s unexpected desertion of President Barack Obama late yesterday.
Hours after British lawmakers pulled the U.K. out of a mission to punish Syria’s use of chemical weapons, French President Francois Hollande said he still favors delivering a targeted blow, bypassing a stalemated United Nations Security Council if necessary.
“There are few countries with the capacity to mete out a sanction using appropriate means,” Hollande said in an interview with Le Monde newspaper published today. “France is among them and is ready.”
Hollande may spare Obama from having to go it alone in launching airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and his support overturns the coalition that fought the Iraq war, which Britain supported and France opposed.