Iraq Trauma Casts a Long Shadow Over Obama’s Plans for Syria

Cameron's defeat in vote shows that suspicion and apprehension caused by bitter memories of the 2003 war are delaying the reprisal for Syria’s chemical atrocity.

"Let me be clear — I suffer no illusions about Bashar Assad. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy. The world, and the Syrian people, would be better off without him.