The U.S. President Barack Obama has sought the congressional approval to take steps against Syria. On Sunday, a Syrian state-run newspaper called this decision as the beginning of the historic American retreat.
On Saturday, Obama declared that he would ask for the Congress’ approval for a military attack against the Syrian government. The declaration was a clear turnabout from the earlier stance of the White House that was on the verge announcing a military attack against Syria.
Following this unexpected declaration, the ‘Al-Thawra’ daily has published an article by making a dig at the White House announcement.
Recently, the opposition side in Syria accused the Bashar Al-Assad government of killing hundreds of civilians by using chemical weapons. As a result, the international community became concerned about the ongoing situations in Syria. The U.N. also sent a team of investigators to Syria for probing the matter.
On Sunday, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the administration had firm evidence that the Al-Assad government had used Sarin gas in the chemical attacks on the civilians. He said that the samples of blood and hair of the chemical attack victims clearly indicated to the use of Sarin gas. He also hoped that the Congress would do the right thing by approving the proposal of military attack in Syria.
Obama said that he wanted the involvement of Congress members in this matter so that they could not criticize later.
However, Syrian media saw something else in that decision. It attributed Obama’s reluctance to initiate a military action on his apprehension of implicit defeat and losing his allies. Ali Haidar, the reconciliation issues minister in Syria, also expressed the same thoughts.
On Saturday, Obama said that he had the authority to carry out the military attack as commander-in-chief. However, he thought that taking the matter to Congress would only make the U.S. stronger.