Barack Obama's plans for military 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 military force.What is good about this decision is that MPs did not vote the government's motion in support of military action in Syria even if it was supported by evidence from United Nations weapons inspectors. It is unlikely to stop Washington going ahead anyway and its a setback for its 'public diplomacy'
Washington would still be able to gather a 'coalition of the willing' in the form of the Arab League and, quite possibly, in the shape of the NATO powers. So long as Assad did not attack Turkey, it seems as though Britain is not going to be able to participate.
Cameron's and Hague's incompetence and cavalier approach has had an unexpected benefit. William Hague should now resign. But this was no victory for Miliband either as his amendment was not voted for as well. The MPs in Parliament from across the political divide have rejected military action.