Syrians React to Obama's Next Steps in Military Strike

Syrian rebels disappointed that potential U.S. strike moved back
2:36 | 09/01/13

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Meanwhile, in syria tonight, anger from rebel groups, some of whom were counting on the u.S. To help weaken president assad's hand. And from president assad himself, confidence tonight, on the phone with iran. As many who support him think they've woen. Abc's chief froern correspondent terry moran is in beirut tonight. Reporter: David, there was relief, astonishment and a sense of triumph in the air in syria and right across this region in response to president obama's decision to delay that military strike until after he gets congressional approval, if he gets it. Syrian government leaders crowed that they had intimidated the president into backing down. And arab social media was on fire with jokes and mocking what was perceived as the president's indecision and hesitation. In israel, worry and concern at the american commitment to this region. And among the syrian rebel forces, there was despair. Smoke billowed from shelling in the damascus suburbs today. Business as usual in the syrian civil war. President assad went back to work, meeting with an official from his powerful al ly, iran. It has become very clear for the american people and for the international public opinion that the allegations made by obama and his foreign secretary are incorrect and absolutely big lie. Reporter: The syrian rebel forces and everyone else is going to have to wait longer for that strike. And it is impossible to describe how changed the perceptions of president obama and president bashar al assad are. There is nothing that millions of people in this region like better than seeing an arab leader stand up and defy the united states of america, even a leader who has made such a ruthless war on his own people. David? Abc's terry moran tonight. Terry, thank you. I want to bring in retired colonel steve ganyard, abc news military analyst. Great to have you with us. Now that the president has put this to a vote in congress, put this off, have we just given the world and syria in particular the game plan here? Will it be any different two weeks from now? David, I think the white house has been very clear today that the strike that was ready to go last night or the night before, the one that was approved by the president, is the same strike we're going to execute two, three weeks from 2340u one the congress gives its assent. Doesn't this give syria similarly more time to prepare? David, it does. And that's a risk, that the syrians could come in and harden some of those targets, move them around, but general dempsey has been very clear with the president. He believes that the military might of the five destroyers that we have out in the mediterranean will be able to take care of whatever changes on the ground the syrians may undertake.

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