In an interview with ITV News International Editor Bill Neely, Syrian deputy foreign minister Dr Faisal Mekdad said a delay in US military action "shows that he [President Obama] and his administration are lost."
"I hope there should be enough wise people in the Congress to make a decision like the House of Commons in the UK," he added.
On the streets of Damascus, soldiers said they were ready for any attack. But many residents now believe America, like Britain, will not strike at all.
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.