Assad Takes Obama's Actions As 'Historic Retreat Of America'
03 September 2013
By Markaz Kavkaz
The Assad regime hailed a "historic American retreat"
on Sunday, mockingly accusing president Barack Obama
of hesitation and confusion after he delayed a
military response to last month's chemical weapons
attack near Damascus until after a congressional vote,
It is to be recalled that the US Secretary of State
John Kerry said tests had shown sarin nerve gas was
fired on rebel-held areas on August 21, and expressed
confidence that US lawmakers would do "what is right"
in response, he called to teach a lesson to Bashar al-Assad,
and to all those who want to use chemical weapons in
Washington says more than 1,400 people, many of them
children, were killed in the attack.
Meanwhile, opinion polls have shown strong opposition
to a punitive strike among Americans weary of wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
Obama's announcement on Saturday that he would seek
congressional authorization for punitive military
action against Syria is likely to delay any strike for
at least nine days.
The United Nations said Obama's announcement could be
seen as part of an effort to forge a global consensus
on responding to the use of chemical arms anywhere.
"The use of chemical weapons will not be accepted
under any circumstances," U.N. spokesman Martin
Nesirky said. "There should be no impunity and any
perpetrators of such a horrific crime against humanity
must be held accountable".
The final resolution of a meeting of Arab League
meeting foreign ministers meeting in Cairo urged the
United Nations and international community to "take
the deterrent and necessary measures against the
culprits of this crime that the Syrian regime bears
The ministers also said those responsible for the
attack should face trial, as other "war criminals"
With Obama drawing back from the brink, the ringleader
of Alawite regime Bashar al-Assad reacted defiantly to
the threat of Western retaliation, saying Syria was
capable of confronting any external strike.
"Obama announced yesterday, directly or through
implication, the beginning of the historic American
retreat," Syria's official al-Thawra newspaper said in
a front-page editorial.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad accused
Obama of indecision:
"It is clear there was a sense of hesitation and
disappointment in what was said by President Barack
Obama yesterday. And it is also clear there was a
sense of confusion as well".
Meanwhile, the UN inspectors had left Syria after
gathering evidence on the use of chemical weapons.
The US military used a delay to better assess the
situation and select targets in Syria. Nuclear
aircraft carrier Nimitz and escort ships were sent to
the Red Sea to participate in a strike, if necessary.
US military officials are using the delay to reassess
which ships will be used for a strike, and which sites
in Syria to target. One change was a decision to send
the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and its entire strike
group toward the Red Sea to help support a Syria
strike, if needed.
In turn, sources in the command of the Mujahideen
reported that all departments given the command to
redeploy its forces and bases. In the last days
received information has been coming from Syria that
in some locations of the Mujahideen were captured
agents placing "bugs" for missile guidance.
The military command of Mujahideen did not rule out
that the United States could strike also on their
It is to be recalled that the United States had
originally been expected to lead a strike relatively
quickly, backed up by its NATO allies Britain and
France. But British lawmakers voted on Thursday
against any involvement and France said on Sunday it
would await the US Congress' decision.
"France cannot go it alone", Interior Minister Manuel
Valls told Europe 1 radio. "We need a coalition".