Thursday in the UK there are reports that the government is furious that Labour, the official opposition party in England, have scuppered their plans to wade into Syria riding on the coat-tails of US President Barack Obama.
It is back-to-the-drawing-board as the members of the cabinet gather in 10 Downing Street, London. Labour is demanding "compelling" evidence of Assad's guilt and today's planned vote in parliament is now watered down.
News broke late Wednesday that PM David Cameron would not be able to simply follow the US lead and launch military attacks on Syria without a battle at home.
Controversial UK Respect MP George Galloway posted a message on Facebook with a contact number for Brits to call their MP's and express their thoughts on another potential conflict in the middle east. It appears many people did just that.
Perhaps it is the fact that the UK has a half-ass coaltion government rather than a majority led one which is causing the problems. Such a government can hardly act saying it has the voice of the people, when in truth it has a vague mandate to rule.
Having cut benefits to the bone in the UK, implemented reforms which led to people having to leave family homes through lack of money; be removed from sickness benefit; forced to look for non-existent jobs and more, news that there is money to waste on destroying another middle eastern country does not sit well with Brits.
Politically minded people in the UK have taken to cyber-space to lobby MP's and make their voice heard. For now it has led to action, or should that be inaction?
Syria, this week in the UK:
Lord Dannatt, Tory, a former top brass in the UK military weighed in expressing his thoughts on any Syrian mission. The Guardian reported:
General Lord Dannatt, former head of the British army, and Lord West, former first sea lord, both warned of unintended consequences if, as seems increasingly likely, US forces launch missiles against President's Bashar al-Assad's military facilities in the coming days.
A former UK ambassador to Syria, Sir Andrew Green, urged Russia and China to use their influence against Assad rather than military force while Lord King, the former defence secretary, said it was imperative to find a solution, "and it mustn't be military".
Backing strikes were the former prime minister Tony Blair, who warned of "the consequences of wringing our hands instead of putting them to work", and foreign policy analysts from Chatham House in London and the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, who said Assad had crossed a red line by using chemical weapons.
A rather rotund David Cameron, just back from enjoying a sunny summer vacation in Cornwall, chaired a meeting with the UK National Security Council.
This indicated that politicians now feel that chemcial weapons action in Syria is a threat to our national security, by calling such a meeting? They still however claim they are acting honorably by contemplating air strikes on Syria.
The aim will be limited air strikes to show Assad and the world a tough western stance and teach him a lesson. The lesson is "do as I say not as I do".
According to a BBC News report Cameron said the "world should not stand by" after the "unacceptable use" of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. "The emergency meeting agreed a recommendation to be considered by the cabinet on Thursday. Britain has also drafted a UN resolution authorising "necessary measures" to protect civilians. It was discussed at a UN Security Council meeting in New York. The resolution condemns the use of chemical weapons and demands that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cease to use such weapons."
Cabinet ministers are meeting at 10 Downing Street followed by a sitting of the UK recalled parliament. Although they are only returning days earlier than planned this will cost the British taxpayer dearly.
Overpaid politicians will be able to make special expense claims for having their vacations disturbed. Some may choose an honorable approach and make no claims but don't hold your breath. (Parliament was recalled in August 2011 and you can check out the expense claims and costs here)
Labour leader Ed Miliband is showing a tough stance which has resulted in today's planned vote in parliament being delayed and fury within the cabinet.
Deputy PM Nick Clegg and some Tories, no doubt with one eye on the 2015 election, have done their best to spin this news to their advantage. They have said doubts are the voice of reason and it is right that we do not just wade in to Syria.
Warplanes continue to be sent to Cyprus however and some British warships are already in the Mediterranean. Funding of the British miltary is already cut to the bone and we do not have the means for another conflict and we certainly do not have the will.
The Times reports:
David Cameron’s plans for British participation in military action in Syria — painstakingly agreed with President Obama in recent days — unravelled in a bad-tempered conversation with Ed Miliband at 5.15pm yesterday.
The Prime Minister was apparently unprepared for the call from the Labour leader. Mr Miliband said his party would not back a Commons vote today allowing British submarines to fire rockets at Syrian military targets.
As the Guardian reports that a "Military response to alleged Syria chemical attack may be delayed until Tuesday as Obama warns Syria of 'international consequences' we can expect a fiery session in parliament today.
Updates later. For now, however, Ed Miliband can take credit for being the voice of reason.