PM still argues for Syria action

David Cameron has said he will continue to argue for a "robust response" to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons even though British military action had been ruled out after MPs voted against the principle of intervention.

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  1. Robert Moore

The special relationship has been seriously damaged

I don't doubt that the 'special relationship' has been seriously damaged by this, it generated real dismay at the White House yesterday. The biggest disappointment to a British decision that I can remember in my years reporting from Washington.

But the real anger is aimed at Ed Miliband. It is judged by White house officials that he put party politics before a major transatlantic strategic decision.

And we are left with that irony that France the country that most vociferously opposed the Iraq war may be America's only ally in this one.

I think there is no doubt that America is going to strike it is regarded here that in action is really going to have major consequences.

It is also felt that the creditability of the Presidency is at stake.

And as John Kerry said this is also designed as a message to dictators all around the world.

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