Obama's Congress request marks U.S. 'retreat': Syrian media

BEIRUT Sun Sep 1, 2013 7:46am EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks on the situation in Syria, at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington August 31, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks on the situation in Syria, at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington August 31, 2013.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval before going ahead with a military strike on Syria is the start of a U.S. "retreat", Syrian state media said on Sunday.

"Obama announced yesterday, directly or through implication, the beginning of the historic American retreat," said the comments, which were carried in a front-page editorial in Syria's official al-Thawra newspaper.

The U.S. president said on Saturday he would seek congressional consent before taking military action against Damascus for its apparent use of chemical weapons, a move likely to delay an attack for at least 10 days.

"A decision to wage war on Syria is a criminal decision and an incorrect decision. We are confident that we will be victorious," Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad told reporters outside a hotel in Damascus.

(Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Andrew Roche)

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JRTerrance wrote:
“Obama’s Congress request marks U.S. ‘retreat’: Syrian media”
We can only hope!

Sep 01, 2013 8:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lucky12345 wrote:
What’s the mission and the targets? Who are we helping other than face saving regarding Obama’s comment on the RED-LINE. What will be the result and who are we supporting? This is not about face-saving, it is about killing! Did we not learn anything from President Bush and his oversea adventures… This is a regional conflict and neither the US or NATO should be involved! Leave it up to the UN and we all know what that decision will be.

Sep 01, 2013 8:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jamesbbb wrote:
Tough enough to draw the red-line, but his ‘community organizer’ experience didn’t prepare him for the real world. Obama blinked, showed his lack of leadership, and now the world is laughing at him. At us.

My suggestion for you Mr. President, stop playing the political game and face up to your threats, or just keep your tail tucked between your legs and scamper off behind congress.

Sep 01, 2013 8:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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