David Cameron had to wait THREE days to talk to Barack Obama after Assad's chemical attack.

David Cameron had to wait three days to talk to Barack Obama after Assad's horrible chemical attack on his own people. In the photo: Cameron on August 29, 2013

David Cameron had to wait three days to talk to Barack Obama after the horrible chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against his own people, a new book states.

The former prime minister was on holiday in Cornwall when he learned that Assad unleashed the deadly nerve agent sarin near Damascus, killing more than 1,000 people, many of whom were children, on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

Outraged, Cameron took action and began his attempt to obtain support for a show of force against Assad, calling Obama a key ally.

But the two leaders were unable to organize a safe line until three days later, which delayed any hope of a quick response and ultimately resulted in no action, as the Syrian conflict continues to rage five years later.

The events are summarized in a daily breakdown by author Anthony Seldon for the Sunday Times, before his novel Ten Days in August, focused on the crisis.

David Cameron had to wait three days to talk to Barack Obama after Assad's horrible chemical attack on his own people. In the photo: Cameron on August 29, 2013

David Cameron had to wait three days to talk to Barack Obama after Assad's horrible chemical attack on his own people. In the photo: Cameron on August 29, 2013

Outraged, Cameron took action and began gathering support for a show of force against Assad, calling Obama a key ally. In the photo: Obama on August 29, 2013

Outraged, Cameron took action and began gathering support for a show of force against Assad, calling Obama a key ally. In the photo: Obama on August 29, 2013

Outraged, Cameron took action and began gathering support for a show of force against Assad, calling Obama a key ally. In the photo: Obama on August 29, 2013

President Bashar al-Assad unleashed the deadly sarin nerve agent near Damascus, killing more than 1,000 people, many of whom were children, on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (pictured)

President Bashar al-Assad unleashed the deadly sarin nerve agent near Damascus, killing more than 1,000 people, many of whom were children, on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (pictured)

President Bashar al-Assad unleashed the deadly sarin nerve agent near Damascus, killing more than 1,000 people, many of whom were children, on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (pictured)

Seldon speculates that the consequences of those 10 days led Donald Trump to be elected, Putin exercised more power and Assad still has control of a war-torn Syria.

Cameron and Obama finally managed to speak by telephone on Saturday, August 24, three days after the attack.

Obama, who once declared a "red line" for the United States, would be that Assad use chemical weapons, proposed to Cameron a cruise missile attack that would have to be carried out on Monday due to a "quick closing window."

But before hanging with Cameron, Obama clarified that he had not yet made a decision.

Cameron met with his cabinet and it was determined that if Obama did not attack soon, the parliament would have to be revoked and any action would have to be voted on.

On Sunday, Cameron had interrupted his vacation in Cornwall and moved to Damas, where he held meetings with his closest circle.

During this time, the major world powers – including Russia, Assad's main ally that had long blocked the UN-sponsored intervention – urged the Syrian leader to cooperate with the UN chemical weapons inspectors who are already in Damascus to pursue the allegations of an attack with chemical weapons.

On Sunday, Cameron had interrupted his vacation in Cornwall and moved to Damas, where he held meetings with his closest circle. In the photo: Cameron on Polzeath beach during his family vacation

On Sunday, Cameron had interrupted his vacation in Cornwall and moved to Damas, where he held meetings with his closest circle. In the photo: Cameron on Polzeath beach during his family vacation

On Sunday, Cameron had interrupted his vacation in Cornwall and moved to Damas, where he held meetings with his closest circle. In the photo: Cameron on Polzeath beach during his family vacation

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha sit on a bench in front of a cafe overlooking the beach a day before the chemical weapons attack

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha sit on a bench in front of a cafe overlooking the beach a day before the chemical weapons attack

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha sit on a bench in front of a cafe overlooking the beach a day before the chemical weapons attack

Timeline of events

Wednesday, August 21: chemical attack against innocent civilians in Syria.

Saturday, August 24: David Cameron and Barack Obama speak.

Sunday, August 25: Cameron ends his holiday in Cornwall and meets his closest circle in Damas.

Monday, August 26: Cameron calls Putin for support.

Tuesday, August 27: Cameron is back in London trying to get the support of the deputies.

Cameron talks to Obama again.

Wednesday, August 28: Cameron strives to maintain control of the motions that are submitted to parliament.

Thursday, August 29: Parliament rejects Cameron's petition for action against Assad.

Friday, August 30: Obama calls Cameron to offer support after his proposals fail.

Saturday, August 31: Obama says the United States should attack but should consult Congress, because of what happened in the United Kingdom.

No action is taken against Assad.

By Monday, Obama had not yet made a decision on whether he would attack or not, and the Syrian government said it would allow the UN to investigate the attack.

Cameron decided to call on President Vladimir Putin to discuss the "consequences" for Assad, but he kept waiting on the line for Putin for an irritating 14 minutes.

Putin rejected Cameron, alluding to Assad's assertion that he would not use chemical weapons against his own people.

Putin suggested Cameron wait until the UN investigation was concluded.

On Tuesday, August 27, Cameron was back in London in the war trying to get the support of the deputies to make a move.

Coming directly from his vacation, Cameron's director of communications, Craig Oliver, organized the presentation of a suit when he landed to make sure he seemed in control and did not flinch from the crisis that was unfolding.

The issue at hand was whether parliament should be called to vote if Britain retaliated against Assad.

Although the prime minister does not need the approval of parliamentarians for military action, Iraq was too cool on everyone's mind to make the call without their consent.

Cameron decided to remind the parliament, shifting attention now to who would back them in their shout of action against the Syrian leader.

In order to achieve the participation of party leaders, it was necessary to be certain that Assad had murdered his own citizens with the neurotoxic agent.

However, since only a few days after the attack and with the UN investigation still in development, the intelligence leaders could not say with 100 percent certainty that chemical weapons had been used, only that it was very true & # 39;

Even so, Cameron began to elaborate military plans between the EE. UU And the United Kingdom, with a possible attack that killed 30 people and another target that could leave up to 700 dead.

Hitting the main government buildings was ruled out, which shows how limited the United States wanted to respond.

Cameron decided to call on President Vladimir Putin to discuss the "consequences" for Assad, but he kept waiting on the line for Putin for an irritating 14 minutes. Putin (in the image on August 22, 2013) suggested that Cameron wait until the UN investigation concludes

Cameron decided to call on President Vladimir Putin to discuss the "consequences" for Assad, but he kept waiting on the line for Putin for an irritating 14 minutes. Putin (in the image on August 22, 2013) suggested that Cameron wait until the UN investigation concludes

Cameron decided to call on President Vladimir Putin to discuss the "consequences" for Assad, but he kept waiting on the line for Putin for an irritating 14 minutes. Putin (in the image on August 22, 2013) suggested that Cameron wait until the UN investigation concludes

In the photo: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad in July 2008

In the photo: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad in July 2008

In the photo: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad in July 2008

Cameron asked Labor leader Ed Miliband to say what his response would be when asked to support the No 10 team to hit Assad.

At first, Miliband was open to the idea, but the "evidence had to be clear" if he wanted to get on board, but then he changed his tone after consulting with his own party.

He returned to Cameron and stipulated that the UN had to have a resolution and that Russia could not veto the UN resolution.

Obama called later on Tuesday night and suggested that the United States act alone or seek help from France if Cameron could not get through.

By Wednesday, a week after the chemical weapons attack, Cameron was struggling to maintain any hope of control.

Few were on board, with the Labor Party saying clearly that they would move on their own and that they would not agree with the action, the Conservative deputies were not sure and the Liberal Democrats did not seem willing to act either.

Labor Party leader Ed Miliband (pictured on August 29, 2013) was initially open to the idea, but the "evidence had to be clear" if he got on board, but then changed his tone after consulting with your own party.

Labor Party leader Ed Miliband (pictured on August 29, 2013) was initially open to the idea, but the "evidence had to be clear" if he got on board, but then changed his tone after consulting with your own party.

Labor Party leader Ed Miliband (pictured on August 29, 2013) was initially open to the idea, but the "evidence had to be clear" if he got on board, but then changed his tone after consulting with your own party.

Eventually, 10 days after Cameron frantically tried to get support to beat Assad for killing hundreds of innocents, nothing was done

Eventually, 10 days after Cameron frantically tried to get support to beat Assad for killing hundreds of innocents, nothing was done

Eventually, 10 days after Cameron frantically tried to get support to beat Assad for killing hundreds of innocents, nothing was done

On Thursday, the parliament had to debate, first voting on a labor motion and then the government's motion. At 10.30 p.m. the government had lost in both motions.

The next day, Obama called Cameron and offered him support, suggesting that he should "duck for a while" and that everything would be fine.

He even said that Cameron "was not leaving [the US] down any way. You have processes that you must fulfill. "

On Saturday, Obama made a public statement, shrewdly shifting the blame for inaction on Cameron and the United Kingdom.

He said the United States "should take action against the objectives of the Syrian regime," but given that the "closest ally" of the United States had decided not to do so, it would consult Congress on the matter.

However, Congress was out of session, which means that it was now very unlikely that something would happen at this late stage.

Finally, after 10 days of Cameron frantically trying to get support to beat Assad for killing hundreds of innocents, nothing was done.

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