Syria's deputy prime minister has responded to President Obama's decision to postpone a military strike against Syria.
He said: "A US decision that is a postponement. This is laughable, our military readiness has averted this aggression. We are confident and this confidence is not going to shake."
Many Syrian officials are even confident that the US Congress may turn down the possibility of a military strike, and that one might not happen at all.
It of course gives Syria's army even more time - at least another 10 days - to move equipment, to change positions, and that of course will require a repositioning by the American military.
You could say it is mess, rebels here are obviously deeply disappointed.
Many people are of course relieved that there will not be a strike tonight, but most people are absolutely stunned by this.
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.