As dismaying as it may be to interventionists, both parties have decided that the wisest political choice is to move on.
"This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground," says the US president, announcing he will take a decision on action to Congress.
In passing the decision on Syria strikes on to Congress, the President has decided it's better to look like a coward than a hypocrite.
Labour leader argues that next week's G20 meeting in Russia is the time to advance the cause of peace in Syria.
This isn't about Syria. This is, for better or worse, about us - on the left and on the right.
Votes such as last night's are no longer mere rubber stamps but a binding convention that can change the foreign policy of a government.
We should feel proud of a Parliament that seeks to be cautious in matters of war and peace, rather than gung-ho.
Cameron's decision to take intervention off the table means Miliband will never have to decide whether to support military action.
The names of the 224 Labour MPs, 30 Conservatives 9 Liberal Democrats and others who combined to defeat the motion authorising the possible use of military force against Syria.
The PM is forced to rule out military action after motion is defeated by 285 votes to 272.