30 Aug 2013
The Obama administration appears to be pressing ahead with military strikes on Syria despite new obstacles at home and abroad. On Wednesday, an informal meeting of the United Nations Security Council failed to reach an agreement after Russia and China opposed any authorization of force in response to last week's alleged chemical attack by Assad forces in Ghouta. The Obama administration is expected to make public soon some of its intelligence on who exactly was responsible for the attacks, but skeptics say there remains no smoking gun implicating the Assad regime. Democracy Now! hosts a debate on military intervention in Syria between Tariq Ali of the New Left Review and Steven Clemons of The Atlantic.
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Editor's Note: Meanwhile, British PM, David Cameron indicated on Thursday evening that Britain would not take part in military action against Syria after British politicians voted against a military response. Cameron lost the vote with 285 against the idea compared to 272 in favour. Read more on the CBC News website. The Guradian reports that Obama's strike plans are in disarray after Britain's rejection of the use of force in Syria. The South African government has also come out against a military strike in Syria.