Secretary of State John Kerry did his best imitation of his predecessor Colin Powell to make the case for war for another less qualified president - an irony for a man who served in Vietnam, was passed over the first time for this job and now has it.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Friday that unclassified U.S. intelligence shows clearly that the Assad regime is responsible for the chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus.
Kerry laid out some of the evidence U.S. intelligence has put together and shared with members of Congress and international allies. Yet Kerry urged American citizens to review the unclassified information themselves. "Read for yourselves," Kerry said.
Kerry added that the U.S. estimates at least 1429 Syrians were killed in the attack, at least 426 children.
The announcement came in the wake of a British Parliamentary vote against military intervention.
Britain's parliament voted 285-272 against a proposal by Prime Minister David Cameron to undertake action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. "It is very clear tonight that while the House has not passed a motion, it is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action - I get that and the government will act accordingly," Cameron said, according to Reuters.
U.S. officials had suggested after the vote that the Obama administration is considering striking without British backing. The AP notes that Obama's National Security Council spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, said the administration would continue consulting international partners but would make decisions based on "the best interests of the United States."
Britain will not join any armed action in Syria after parliament voted 285-272 against a motion by Pr