by Chris Bodenner
— Treasury Department (@USTreasury) August 29, 2013
Barack Obama’s plans for air strikes against Syria were thrown into disarray on Thursday night after the British parliament unexpectedly rejected a motion designed to pave the way to authorising the UK’s participation in military action.
The White House was forced to consider the unpalatable option of taking unilateral action against the regime of Bashar al-Assad after the British prime minister, David Cameron, said UK would not now take part in any military action in response to a chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus last week. Although Britain’s support was not a prerequisite for US action, the Obama administration was left exposed without the backing of its most loyal ally, which has taken part in every major US military offensive in recent years.
Elsewhere in Syria coverage, we wondered how its ally Iran would react to intervention, doubted the “credibility to America” argument, and continued to question the Obama administration’s refusal to go to Congress.
Meanwhile, many black liberal bloggers were critical of the president’s MLK speech from yesterday and a few readers rushed to defend it. Readers also sent us more dead saints, looked for signs of gay acceptance in the hip-hop community, cited some unsettling depictions of Asians in classic cinema, and reminded us that all kinds of cultures can produce annoying tourists.