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Gloating, Despair, Indifference In Syria Over Obama Decision

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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - President Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval before taking military action against President Bashar Assad's regime is being met with gloating, despair and indifference in Syria.
    
A state-run newspaper calls it "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. "
    
As for the opposition, one Damascus resident says Obama's remarks, "made us feel worthless." Still, other opposition activists say Obama's decision was simply business as usual from a country that was "never a friend."

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