A Syrian state-run newspaper is touting the “start of the historic American retreat" after President Barack Obama announced Saturday he will seek approval from Congress before staging a military attack.
The Al-Thawra newspaper published a front-page editorial stating Obama will wait for Congress to return on Sept. 9 before taking military action out of a "sense of implicit defeat and the disappearances of his allies."
“Whether the Congress lights the red or green light for an aggression, and whether the prospects of war have been enhanced or faded, President Obama has announced yesterday, by prevaricating or hinting, the start of the historic American retreat," Al-Thawra said.
In a Saturday address, Obama said he believes military action must be taken against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime for the use of chemical weapons. He asked Congress to consider "what message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price."
"It's important for us to recognize that when over 1,000 people are killed, including hundreds of innocent children, through the use of a weapon that 98 or 99 percent of humanity says should not be used even in war, and there is no action, then we're sending a signal that that international norm doesn't mean much," Obama said. "And that is a danger to our national security."
While Syrian opposition was disappointed that a military strike would be delayed, they remained confident that Congress would approve.
"We had a feeling of disappointment. We were expecting things to be quicker, that a strike would be imminent ... But we believe Congress will approve a strike," said Samir Nashar, a top official at the Syrian National Coalition.
"The coalition will get in touch with Arab countries and Turkey so that they cooperate as much as possible with the United States," Nashar said, according to The Telegraph. "We will try to push these countries to take part in the military operation, which will greatly alleviate the suffering of Syrians."