Lincsbear saidThe British people have not forgotten the disasters in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how they were misled, panicked, and rushed to conflict by the 'something must be done' arguments of the pro-war lobby.
They will not vote for another war soon, though I`m sure all sorts of political maneuverings and propaganda are afoot.
I cant speak for All Americans but the few who do pay attention remember how Tony Blair twisted CLinton's arm to agree to ground troops in the Kosovo war.
England has sort of cosigned its irrelevancy in this manner. It is rather shameful in my mind because the whole middle east problem has British lineage.
From what I`ve heard, the American people have much the same view as the British over any possible intervention in Syria. Whether your politicians can lead an unwilling country to war remains to be seen.
The way British politicians have pushed the military strike option in Syria recently and then expected the parliament and people to just rubber stamp the decision has backfired on them; one reason for the vote in the House of Commons. The talk of possibly bypassing the UN further alienated the British people.
They are seriously out of touch with the people, and have presumed too much. Nor do Cameron and his government have the courage or authority(failure to win the last General Election outright)to make the case for even a 'punitive' strike against Syria. The warnings given in the run up to the Iraq war about how this will make future interventions, however well justified, nigh but impossible, were disregarded, and so here we are, caught in a terrible dilemma between an attack fraught with unknown consequences, and long drawn out uncertain diplomacy that appears to condone the use of chemical weapons.