Syrian newspaper says US is retreating
A Syrian state-run newspaper says that President Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval before taking military action against Syria marks "the start of the historic American retreat.''
In a front-page editorial Sunday, the Al-Thawra daily says Obama's reluctance to carry out strikes against Syria stems from his "sense of implicit defeat and the disappearance of his allies.''
It also says the U.S. president worries about limited intervention turning into "an open war has pushed him to seek Congress' consent.''
Al-Thawra is a government newspaper and its editorials reflect the thinking of President Bashar Assad's regime.
After days of buildup, Obama unexpectedly announced on Saturday that he would ask Congress to support a strike punishing the Assad regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons.
Meantime, France will also wait for its parliament to consider possible military action against Syria before President Francois Hollande decides whether to launch strikes.
French officials say France is ready to strike once Hollande gives the order, though he has said he hasn't yet made a decision.
Unlike in Britain, Hollande doesn't need the permission of parliament to order France to intervene militarily.
Britain's parliament rejected efforts by Prime Minister David Cameron to involve British forces.
The Harper government has said it will support any military action the U-S takes to punish the Assad regime, but will not participate in the action.
At the U-N Security Council, Russia and China have blocked all efforts by fellow permanent members Britain, France and the United States to pass tough resolutions against Assad's regime.
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