There have been two loud explosions in Damascus but it's the usual shelling from army positions into rebel held areas, not the expected American barrage.
There is a plume of black smoke from a Damascus suburb, the call to prayer from the muezzin is sounding and traffic is flowing no less than usual. A capital awaits.
Not only did the UN inspectors leave a day early - their chief two days early - they left before dawn on Saturday. A hasty exit. Echoes of Iraq.
Syrian government officials were watching President Obama's White House speech. I didn't see them smile but there's no doubt they did.
Footage has emerged which appears to show an horrific incident incendiary weapons in northern Syria near a school.
After last week's clouds of poison gases in the suburbs, people in Damascus are bracing themselves for the expected missile retaliation.