DEEPENING FAULT LINES BETWEEN USA AND EUROPE; US BLAMES UK FOR ONGOING CRISIS IN SYRIA




İlknur Şebnem Öztemel – TDO –U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed President Obama’s plan for military intervention in Syria was abruptly derailed by David Cameron and members of  the British Parliament. Obama said   he would bomb the Syrian regime in case of a usage of  chemical weapons against civilians but he could not be able to keep his promise. In August 2013, regime forces used sarin gas in suburbs of Damascus.  Actually, it was infringement of the  ‘’red line’’ of Obama administration. Nevertheless,  Bashar Al- Assad passed the red line of US government,he got no punishment. 

He said ‘’ Assad  survived from all operations and diplomatic tries, claimed  he had successfully defied USA and the United States had acted unlawfully in the absence of  UN mandate. All of these strengthened           Assad’s hand rather than weaken  it.”

There is an ongoing debate between US and UK as British Parliament voted against air strikes over regime forces but additionally, Kerry criticized Theresa May as she had a diplomatic spat regarding the UNSC resolution that condemned Jewish settlement in Palestinian territory.

Kerry said The president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, had already decided to use force and announced his decision publicly. Obama said ‘’We’re going to act, we’re going to do what we need to do to respond to open violation of international law.’’ Kerry added ‘’ Obama asked himself that does he really needed to go to Congress to get their approval about this critical issue?’’ . Kerry blamed Prime Minister of UK, David Cameron, as he went to the parliament for permission to join collective action but could not be successful. Draft rejected in the Parliament by 285 votes against 212.

In an interview with the Atlantic Monthly last year, Obama made critical comments about  UK and France as they had joined the military action to Libyain 2011 that removed Muammar Gaddafi but turned away and failed to stop the country to become a mess. He added Cameron became “distracted by a range of other things”.

Moreover, Kerry  bridled to England regarding the diplomatic swat about UNSC vote about illegal Jewish settlements. Last week, in the wake of the vote, Kerry criticizedBenjamin Netanyahu’s government as being  ‘’the most rightwing coalition in Israeli history”.

In return, a spokesperson for May said: “We do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally.”

After 2003, US government has always tried to get approval for its military interventions and preferably to join multilateral actions. Nevertheless, European Union leaders were not really interested about so-called ‘’global political problems’’. After the reveal of Chilcot report that strongly criticized the invasion of Iraq as  not all diplomatic measures were exhausted and there was no solid proof about the presence of Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMD’s) in the country, Tony Blair said it was his hardest decision to engage military operation in Iraq, apologized but added that he would do the same. As a result, British suspicion about American decisions is  understandable.