US's Syria strategy from Libya playbook
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Photo From: AFP/Getty Images
August 18th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

US's Syria strategy from Libya playbook

By CNN Senior State Department Producer Elise Labott

The United States on Thursday called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.   The move has been closely coordinated with European, Turkish and Arab allies and would come one day after al-Assad told the head of the United Nations that military and police operations against anti-government protesters have stopped, according to a statement released by the Secretary-General's office.

The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom joined U.S. President Barack Obama in calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. (READ Obama's statement)

Senior U.S. officials, diplomats and members of the Syrian opposition point to the next several weeks as a critical timeframe for increasing al-Assad's diplomatic isolation, strengthening sanctions against the regime and for the opposition to announce measures aimed at unifying and streamlining their activities, both inside and outside Syria.

The campaign against al-Assad, which involves intense diplomatic outreach by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and even President Barack Obama himself, is modeled after the one the United States used in Libya, where the Obama administration built international consensus for the NATO mission to protect civilians.

Although nobody is talking about military intervention in Syria, Clinton and Obama have been working with European, Turkish and Saudi leaders to coordinate tougher diplomatic and economic action against al-Assad.On Tuesday, Clinton said the brutality against the Syrian people is "galvanizing international opinion" against the regime.

"I happen to think where we are is where we need to be, where it is a growing international chorus of condemnation," Clinton said earlier this week during a joint interview with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at National Defense University.

She said America was "putting together a very careful set of actions and statements that will make our views very clear."

On Thursday, the Security Council will hold consultations on Syria, when they will be briefed by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

Officials said Pillay is expected to give a sober assessment of the situation on the ground in Syria.

France and other European countries are continuing to push for a Security Council resolution condemning the al-Assad regime, but they are still facing stiff resistance from Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa. The United States is pushing for special session on Syria at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, as early as next week.

Diplomats say they hope Pillay's briefing on Thursday will generate momentum for further action, including widespread calls for al-Assad to step down over the coming days and build consensus toward the Security Council resolution, which could serve as a pretext for further action.

The United States had faced increased pressure to call on al-Assad to step down.

Although the Obama administration has said al-Assad has "lost legitimacy" and Syria "would be better off" without him, U.S. officials have resisted calling explicitly for his ouster until now.

Clinton noted that because the United States has a rocky relationship with Syria, such a message would have more resonance coming from voices in the region, which she called "essential" for there to be impact inside the country.

"We want a bunch of people singing out of the same hymn book," Clinton said. "It's not going to be any news if the United States says, 'al-Assad needs to go.' Okay, fine. What's next? If Turkey says it, if (Saudi) King Abdullah says it, if other people say it, there is no way the Assad regime can ignore it," Clinton said.

Senior American officials cite increased brutality in the town of Hama during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan as galvanizing global opinion toward the belief that al-Assad has no intention of stopping the violence. One senior official said the United States is "trying to absorb the international outrage and turn it into action."

"We are trying to put wings under these countries sentiments," the official said. "al-Assad is providing by his action he isn't caring and we are saying, 'if you are so morally outraged, put some action behind it, including your trading relationships, rhetoric and supporting action at the U.N.'"

While nobody expects al-Assad to stop the violence because of the measures, senior U.S. official say the series of coordinated tough diplomatic action is meant to send a message of encouragement to the opposition, as well as possibly inspire members of the regime to abandon al-Assad.

"It's also meant as a message to other leaders to demonstrate that if they continue to use violence, there will be consequences," another senior U.S. official said.

Clinton said Tuesday the administration was pushing for "stronger sanctions that we hope will be joined by other countries that have far bigger stakes economically than we do." Congress is currently preparing a bill authorizing the Obama administration to impose sanctions against Syrian oil and gas sectors, which senior U.S. officials have said are being readied.

On Tuesday, a group of Syrian activists and energy experts met with administration officials, where they presented an assessment on the impact possible sanctions against Syrian oil and gas sectors would have on the regime.

The European Union, which has a much greater investment in those sectors, is also working on similar measures which could have far greater impact on the regime. Clinton also urged countries like China and India, to stop buying Syrian oil and gas and has urged Russian leaders to stop selling arms to Damascus.

For months Turkey has been urging Syria to stop the violence and implement reforms. Last week Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu traveled to Damascus for meetings with Assad, who promised to implement reforms, only to intensify the crackdown days later.

On Wednesday Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled Turkish patience with Syria was running out, comparing the situation to the one in Libya, where Turkish efforts to mediate were unsuccessful.

"We have done our best on Libya, but haven't been able to generate any results. So it's an international issue now. Gaddafi could not meet our expectations, and the outcome was obvious," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul.

"Now the same situation is going on in Syria. I've sent my foreign minister, and personally got in touch many times, the last of them three days ago on the phone. In spite of all this, civilians are still getting killed."

Senior U.S. officials say that while Turkey has held out on completely abandoning Syria, the increased brutality during Ramadan - even in the face of Turkish demands to stop - seems to be bringing Ankara to the view that Assad has lost legitimacy.

The officials said that while Turkey may be reluctant to support sanctions, Ankara may now be willing to support tougher diplomatic action, including joining calls for Assad to step down.

"They have been reluctant to give up on what they saw as a special relationship," one senior U.S. official said.

"They have gone from seeing Assad as a brother and a friend, to someone they have questions about, to someone who concerns them. They haven't wanted to cross the threshold of entirely giving up any hope for the regime to reform but I think they are there."

Saudi Arabia has also called on al-Assad to stop what King Abdullah called the "killing machine" and is urging Arab nations to speak out against al-Assad's brutality against his people.

The king, who spoke last week with Obama, recalled the Saudi Ambassador from Damascus. Bahrain, Kuwait and Tunisia have already followed suit.

Similarly, several Arab League countries, including all Gulf countries and Jordan, have publicly condemned the violence.

The move to tighten the noose against the al-Assad regime comes as the Syrian opposition has been taking steps to better organize their efforts.

Members of the opposition say Syria's disparate groups are working toward a unified front that includes classic opposition figures from all sects and backgrounds as well as representation from the two main opposition groups, the Local Coordination Committee (LCC) and the Syrian Revolution Coordination Union (SRCU).

soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. rajeev

    August 25, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
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  3. Kamal Amr

    Assad should be held accountable in the international criminal court for his killing syrian people. I am not understaning why he has been given more than 6 months while he is killing the syrian people dially. Is that becuase there no significant oil in syria.

    August 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  4. helenecha

    We can say that again. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go.

    August 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • NonZionist

      In 2001, the neo-cons told us that "SADDAM must go". We would "Liberate" Iraq, and the Iraqi people would "Shower Us With Rose Petals" - after burying the remnants of the children dismembered by our cluster bombs. The little "Cakewalk" (Kenneth Andelman's term) would "Pay For Itself" (according to Paul Wolfowitz).

      Ten years and a trillion dollars later, a million Iraqis are dead and the killing continues.

      And none of the neo-con architects of this holocaust have been held accountable.

      Just the opposite: We beg them to tell us how to do it all over again, this time with Syria as our play-thing.

      August 21, 2011 at 3:41 am | Reply
    • Globallo

      Who are we to dictate other countries' affairs? that gives them as much right to demand our president to step down. Listen, if Bashar goes by force, it won't be a safer place..that is for sure! he may go, however, it should be done with a transition and proper methods of political reform..this regime has been there for decades, you can't expect it to end in a stable fashion by doing it overnight!... the syrian people and government should work to change things by due process

      August 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • NonZionist

      I couldn't agree more, Globallo.

      Initially, the rebels called for reform. But as soon as Assad started making reforms, the rebels switched to a demand for blood. Over in the Syria news threads, it has turned into a lynch mob. This bloodthirsty attitude does not bode well.

      We have too many people eager to die for freedom, and too few willing to live for freedom. Lots of people want to be martyrs. All of this death is for nothing.

      August 22, 2011 at 1:21 am | Reply
  5. Goodwill

    We should do the following:
    Get a UN resolution to acknowledge that the Syrian government supported crimes against humanity by approving it's armed forces to fire on unarmed civilians.
    Break off diplomatic ties with Syria.
    Send home all Syrian government officials from US territories.
    Dispatch a battle group to drop anchor off the coast of Syria.
    Dispatch a marine expeditionary force.
    Invade.
    Hold free elections and get out.

    Is it that simple?

    August 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • The Thinkers

      Good but...cannot get out..another Iraq.

      August 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • NonZionist

      But first you will have to kill off most Syrians, since most Syrians support Assad and oppose a NATO / Al Qaeda take-over of their country.

      August 21, 2011 at 3:45 am | Reply
      • Frankie

        Most Syrians are opposed to a ruthless regime just like any human being would be. I don't know who you are and what your purpose for this disinformation campaign is, but I think any reasonable person can see through your BS!

        August 22, 2011 at 1:30 am |
      • NonZionist

        Here's your answer, Frankie:

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        The security/military apparatus is fully behind Assad.

        All Syrian religious minorities make up at least 25% of the population; they are extremely fearful of Sunni fundamentalists.

        Secular Sunnis for their part fear a regime change that would lead to either an Islamist takeover or chaos.

        So it's fair to argue the majority of Syrians are indeed behind their government – as inept and heavy-handed as it may be.
        )+
        - Pepe Escobar, "Why the Syrian regime won't fall ", Asia Times, 13 Aug 2011

        I don't know for certain how many support Assad, but Escobar makes more sense to me than you do. Ruthless regime? - look at how many Americans supported Bush! You are either very naive or blinded by hatred and ideology.

        August 22, 2011 at 3:15 am |
  6. rajeev

    Siege or Salvation: Syrian army welcome to rout gangs
    It's thought the UN's human rights chief might push for Syria to face the International Criminal Court for its lethal crackdown on protesters. Over 1800 people are believed to have been killed across the country since the government moved to quell the uprising that started in March. President Assad claims his military operation has now stopped. Even so, the presence of troops is apparently not always seen as a bad sign, as Maria Finoshina reports.
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    August 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  7. rajeev

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    August 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  8. Johnny

    A letter from Syria – Via Eileem Fleming

    “First what is happening here is not sectarian Shia Sunni Christen Alawie , it is fighting terrorist funded outside by Saudi Arabia the U.S and supplied by Israel. The Sunni majority are very much behind the government,,

    “You have been to this area too many times, do people walk around Palestine saying such things as what are you shia sunni druze christan no they don’t and it’s the same thing here,, a fantasy crated by the west,-what bull sh*t!

    "Here in Latakia were watching the news saying O’M’G’ look at what’s happening in London, its 100 times worse than here. And then the news comes out with something stupid and false like 'there are tanks in the streets and Battleships off the coast shelling civilians in the city.'

    "Girl, since this all started, I have not seen one tank in the street, yes there are soldiers to keep the peace, people come out of there houses to give them water and juice and fruit, ME INCLDED. Does this sound like a suppressed society?

    “This is all a build up before the U.N. vote for Palestine, there will probably be another war in Gaza before the end of the month…”

    August 19, 2011 at 9:33 am | Reply
    • Frankie

      @Johnny: There is no question that you are a Syrian agent or someone who is benefiting from Bashar's regime. If you are Syrian, you are a disgrace to your country. The fact that your dictator's family has been in power for 40 years and you think it is ok, speaks volume about your integrity. Please look at yourself in the mirror for sometime, THINK about the atrocities Bashar's thugs have committed to your countrymen thus far and hopefully you get a sense of humanity back to your soul. Good luck.

      August 19, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Kerry Bedford, TX

      Have to agree with Frankie. If you think it is fine and dandy that your government murders its citizens you might want to imagine it is your family that he targets. Guaranteed you would have a different perspective. Quit thinking in terms of them and us, you are all one country.

      August 20, 2011 at 10:03 am | Reply
  9. Not An American Problem

    Our strategy should be incredibly effective, yet simple: MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS. Syrians can take care of Syria. Not an American Problem. Not an American bill. We need to try investing and focusing on our education and innovation if we ever hope to compete globally against the likes of nations who do take such things seriously such as China and their ambitions to become a superpower. We need to reclaim our political system from the corporations who have bought and paid for those sellout stooges in D.C. aggressively representing them instead of we the people. We need to fix our shattered economy. We need to address our shattered national identity as the majority now see themselves as polarized labels instead of Americans which has left us divided and not united. Time to stop enabling and let the world grow up on it's own.

    August 19, 2011 at 3:03 am | Reply
    • Moxa

      Well said!

      August 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  10. Oyster

    Good news nut jobs! W just discovered WMDs in Syria (remember those?). We'll be dropping $3 trillion and a whole lot of lives in no time. That will no doubt solve the problem just like it did in Iraq, as well as get our country out of debt. Don't ask me how, just thank me later. And remember, vote Republican in 2012!

    August 19, 2011 at 2:20 am | Reply
  11. Gdaym8

    Doesn't he look like a cross between Hitler and Yoda?

    August 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  12. Gdaym8

    "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around." LIFE DURING WARTIME - TALKING HEADS

    August 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  13. oobie

    Hope it works. If it turns out like Iraq and Afghanistan, change to Plan B.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  14. Jim in Florida

    Our strategy? I wasn't aware we had one.

    A muddled mess in Libya with NATO the Chief Messmaker. Two carrier air wings with some land based and the Libya thing would have been solved months ago. Gosh, Khaddafy runs around the country with Italian models.

    But just what replaces Khaddafy? ,uslim Brotherhood influence there.

    What comes next in Egypt – Muslim brotherhood influence there. Christians are having a hard time in Egypt – hard to worship when your churches are getting firebombed and bombs and gund going off outside.

    Assad is many things but under his rule Christians are protected in Syria. Should Assad be ousted – the opposition in Syria is primarially radical Muslim – many Christians will die in Syria.

    Israel will be encircled with Muslim dominated governments who don't think Israel should exist.

    Right, the brilliant "strategy" of Obamlliary administration.

    Why not screw up foreign policy along with the economy?

    Enjoy the vacation Obama, my family won't be taking one this year.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • NonZionist

      Well said!

      And just today I read that "regime change" was the real aim of the NATO operation in Libya, almost from the start. Gee, and I thought it was about protecting civilians! Looks like we were LIED to once again.

      Syria is putting down a U.S.-funded rebellion. It's doing what every government on the planet would do: suppressing insurrection and trying to avert a bloody civil war. If we invade Syria, we will have to invade every government everywhere, including our own - recall the Whiskey Rebellion?

      August 21, 2011 at 3:53 am | Reply
  15. steve

    The Syrian President is probably saying to Mr. Obama your the one that needs to step down!...lol..lol..lol

    August 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  16. smitty

    Most of you people on blog are stupid and misguided what you have done to blame obama shows you forget the past who put us in debt with false war its pretty funny that the towers were attacked was during father and son bush presidencies then you forget a republican led house gave obama one other choice which was the 14th it shows we as americans still have a long way to go are(president) has seen nothing but prejudice and mistrust from the otherside and specifically rich white america does anyone remember obama-osama dead bush-iraq, toro boro osama inherited an historical mess which even he said would take two administrations you people are hopeless put another republican in office are u for real for real I don't think so you see what they did in eight years I don't trust them obama is more about most people real blood americans he has more real blood in his pinky then all the republican candidates put together.

    August 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • Ambient Auras

      Dude, give me your address I will mail you a '.' key for you keyboard.

      August 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  17. jerome

    The Obama administration announced today it will begin reviewing the case files of the estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants in deportation proceedings to determine which should be released from custody and possibly allowed to obtain work authorization.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • kurtinco

      Stay on topic, please.

      August 18, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  18. reality check

    You know what i dont get is why everytime i read comments on collumns like this its ignorant americans only caring about themselves what if you didnt have a democratic system of governement and thats all you wanted so you spoke out then obama rolled tanks down pennsilvania avenue and started takeing out monuments and took the national gaurd and started shooting protesters for voiceing their rights as human beings who would you look to for support !

    August 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • mike

      Kent State ring a bell?

      August 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Reply
    • Republican no more

      Only Bush and the teabigots would have done that.

      August 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Not An American Problem

      The same thing we did with the British crown: take out the trash. Roll tanks down main street? Just maybe then you shouldn't be on main street but assaulting the soft locations where there isn't any armor and leaving IEDs to keep the tank crew jumping. Make tactical use of snipers, especially against the command personnel. Demonstrate that bullet proof does not mean heat and fireproof. Infiltrate the ranks of the military to instigate more defections as well as perform sabotage. We would get more guerrilla on their Federal backsides than Ho Chi Mihn and Vo Nguyen Giap while following Sun Tzu's principles such as choosing when to engage and slaughter them. Don't forget, there is a reason you and the rest of the beggar world come to Americans when you want a fight done right; we learn and adapt constantly and we aren't cowards. Now go handle your own problems for once.

      August 19, 2011 at 3:22 am | Reply
  19. russinmaine

    US strategy? It can be found in the briefing room and it looks very curiously like a dart board! And as Paul Harvey always liked to say, aaaaand now you know the rest of the story!!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  20. howard

    "building pressure on the United states to call for Al assad to step down"...hahahaha...since when does the us have to be pressured by anyone and who can pressure the usa?? boy the usa is getting to be a wimpy country to accept pressure from anyone!!! Boy have things changed in this country!!! I'm NOT HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....Bring all the troops home,and worry about our country and keep our nose outta everyone elses problems FOR ONCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
    • Assannihilator

      Our meddling keeps gas in your tank.

      August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • Republican no more

      Sounds like your saying to retreat and hide? Modern Republicans like to start shit with other countries then blame the incoming democrats as they play the seclusionist and cry about porous borders. COWARDS. Btw, stop crying about paying your taxes deadbeats.

      August 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  21. willard

    I'm belived that presdient obama are fake of his birth cretifacte obama are not great his presdient. Cause he had problems his job
    Congress should give impeach out of prsdient obama. Why biden are keep open his mouth alaso he make trying blame on tea party about terroist but I ask biden so why black gangerster are flash mob at maryland with terroist

    August 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      No surprise you believe Obama is a fraud, you are barely literate.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • NotaChance

        Gee, a president that thinks before he speaks. I realize that some of you liked shoot from the hip Bush but the rest of the world and 75% of the US didn't.

        August 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Patrick

      Somebody teach this guy something. Whether it be about politics or literacy.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply
      • Richard

        Gosh, where would a teacher begin? This guy writes like he missed every day of school since kindergarten. If he's a product of the American educational system, we have our work cut out for us.

        August 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • kurtinco

      Next time, use Google Translate.

      August 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Republican no more

      Newt? Is that you?

      August 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Reply
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    August 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  23. Bear

    The coordinated regime changes in the Middle East are nearly complete. Hillary Clinton has done a fine job executing the Bilderburger-meister work. Soros is happy, and the New World Order will soon move to the next step once Bernanke and Obama are finished destroying the US economy and the dollar.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • Maurice

      Yeah that wast the plan. Chill out on the video games & read a book!

      August 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • Republican no more

      Did u have your head up your arse during the entire Bush admin? It's either that or way to many drugs. Your desperately trying to overlay Bush adjectives over Obama. LMAO. Not gonna work buddy. Your incompetent Bush was who f*cled up America. You ignorant liar. Repubs nowadays are bunch of racist sheep being led by the ignorant teabigot anarchists. YOU HAVE TRADED IN YOUR SOULS FOR HATE AND GREED. Democrats, pray for these lost ones don't curse them.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  24. Jack sheet

    The Obama Admin is playing a seriously flawed game by underestimating the strength of the Assad regime, supported by Iran and Hizballah, two regional super-powers. Assad cannot be "shamed" into leaving, and will not step aside because he will have nowhere to go. This situation will either wind-down, making Obama & Clinton, look stupid, or it will flare up into a regional war where Iran and Saudi are dragged into it and oil will skyrocket to $200 bbl.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  25. Yoda

    I protest the US government!!! When will the European nation place sanctions on our Congress so they step down!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Frankie

      Your logic is like WOW!

      August 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  26. Barry G.

    Get lost, al-Assad.

    You've shed enough innocent blood.

    The party is over.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  27. Barry G.

    Hey al-Assad,

    It’s time for you to pack your bags and leave.

    You’ve made your point and proved to the world that you’re a ruthless, vile, and evil dictator, like your father.

    Now it’s time for you to take the money you’ve stole from the people of Syria and leave.

    The good people of Syria have suffered enough evil at your hands, and they deserve better.

    History will remember you (and your father) as evil leaders, like Saddam Hussein and all of the other evil dictators.

    Leave!

    May God bless the good people of Syria, and may God give them good leadership, for a change.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  28. jdub

    in its current state, the U.S. can't even afford to pay the rent on the room to hold these meetings to discuss issues in Syria, let alone actually get involved...that is if we aren't already and our intel agencies most certaintly are. has nobody in D.C.learned about the time in U.S. history before WWII when we didn't get involved in every sovereign country's issues? NEWS FLASH: these ppl do not want us in their country, they never have, they never will. we're doing no good in the region. in fact we're just helping overthrow regimes we deem unfit, only to watch them be replaced by new regimes that also dont want U.S. presence in their country. wake the hell up

    August 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Barry G.

      And what is your lovely country of origin?

      August 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  29. The Invisible Man

    You people are arguing over issues beyond your mental capacity. The US will place in every country in the middle-east a western educated arab with a british accent,who adheres to ALL of masters plans. Thus if you thought the middle east was a mess. Please! Excuse my grammar...baby you ain't seen nothing yet!

    August 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • sweettooth539

      Well the middle east has shown it can govern itself responsibly... <- hahaha, i couldnt help but laugh when saying that

      August 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  30. Frankie

    I swear some of you people are on drugs or something. How you make these comparisons is beyond me!

    August 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  31. petercha

    W00000T!!!! Now if only the protesters will install a legitimate government that is not rabidly anti-Israel and not rabidly anti-America, I'll be happy.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • Republican no more

      Maybe Isreal should stop provoking other nations just because big brother America has it's back. It's not always gonna be like that.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  32. freedom5071

    Honestly if American citizens revolted in the streets what do you think would happen. I guarantee you unarmed civilians would be gunned down. Look at Kent State for an example. This is none of our business. This is an internal affair involving Syria and the Syrian population. Just as Lybia was but we see where that went. MR. Obama you step down! Concerned American citizen.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • CSMinDC

      Could not agree more.

      August 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Tom in Santa Fe

      Kent State was FOURTY YEARS AGO! It was a time when the "peaceful" anti-war protestors were not that peaceful, and a couple of them WERE armed, and you had 4 National Guardsmen that were just as young as the protestors that were scared and one soldier who, in the confusion, thought they were being fired on which is why he order them to shoot.
      And "an Internal Affair"? SO I'm guessing that the U.N. and NATO should NOT have gotten involved in Bosnia-Herzegovinia and let the Serbs masacare ALL the Bosnians? Or let Hitler kill ALL the Jews? or Qadaffi kill all he's been killing? Was Columbine an internal affair for Colorado?

      August 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • Frankie

        Tom in Santa Fe: Thank You!!!

        August 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
      • SarahSmart

        Grrrrrrrrreat points Tom in Santa Fe

        August 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
      • jdub

        theres a never ending amount of ppl that have been massacred in Africa throughout the past 2 decades and the U.S. has done nothing to stop it. NOTHING. the amount of NATO troops sent to areas to stop genocide was downright idiotic. they were literally outnumbered 1000-1 if not more. all the U.S. intervention in the Middle East is non sense. the "war crimes and crimes against humanity" of these leaders is a front to make ppl like you believe its right to get involved in a sovereign countrys turmoil. the amount of ppl these leaders have killed doesn't even compare to the amount of innocent civilians the U.S. has killed in Iraq and Afghanistant you biased moron. so cut the humanitarian BS bc U.S. foreign policy makes you look like a hypocrite. the U.S. only helps when it feels like it can gain something, not for the good of mankind

        August 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • Frankie

        @jdub: With your logic, there should never be any humanitarian programs for animals (for example) until every human being is fed, or saved somehow. We do what we can do. In many cases, the African problems are between undefined tribes vs a well-defined entity like the Syrian regime.

        August 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • jdub

        HA so Africa is a different story bc its between undefined tribes? thats such a load of crap. in a political sense, two tribes fights (ie tutsi and hutu etc) is the same as militia fighting a regime. the names of the actors are just different. if you ever read a book or watched the news you would know that a lot of the time the line IS NOT SO CLEARLY DEFINED as you claim it to be in this Middle Eastern country. theres a great deal of confusion as to who might be a loyalist, a rebel, or simply a civilian. also, the 11 year war in Sierra Leone led by the RUF was clearly defined as a rebel group, massacring civilians, and fighting the gov't troops. that was not an issue of "undefined tribes". it was clear cut genocide and the U.S. did nothing. to come out and say "o the U.S. helps here and there, we do what we can, we couldn't help there" is a garbage statement. if you think helping Syrian rebels is a humanitarian effort instead of an effort to gain leverage in the Middle East your entirely wrong. if what we did in the Middle East was for humanitarian purposes we'd already be in Iran

        August 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • Tim E

        Jdub is right; the humanitarian argument is a PR effort that has proved effective with the American populace to gain support for geopolitical strategic ends. But what else are nations supposed to do? By necessity the U.S. and every other national government has to make decisions and take sides that it sees as in its national interests. There is no other option. It's what humans do, and it's what nations of humans do. The U.S. doesn't have a choice not to be in the messy business of international politics, and it's not morality that primarily motivates it.

        August 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
      • Jerry Senzee

        You've got your wires crossed pal. They call it the Kent State massacre because that is what it was. Innocent students murdered by American military which was not a threatening situation by any stretch. You seem like a right wing war monger to me. And you take a very narrow minded and simplistic approach to atrocities around the world. This country was founded on genocide. Get off your self righteous sanctimonious rear end and do something worthwhile for humanity.

        August 19, 2011 at 3:21 am |
    • glyder

      it's all about israel.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  33. Jarhead

    Thanks President Obama. You have been smart enough, unlike your predecessor, to realized that things often go our way when we don't get involved. And that should be American foreign policy 95% of the time.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:27 am | Reply
  34. marty

    You people are stupid. Where were you when Bush started his wars. If some idiot liKe Rick Perry was in office you would follow him to hell. Not even caring about the consequences.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • David

      Just so you know, directly attacking someone's mental condition and then making a conjecture about what they would do in a hypothetical situation makes for a really soft argument. Go back to college and take a grammar class. Also, you might want to read up on formulating a solid argument by using evidence and leaving out emotion. Idiot.

      August 18, 2011 at 10:19 am | Reply
      • Joe

        David, to suggest marty go back to college presupposes he finished high school.

        August 18, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • SarahSmart

        David just so you know, if marty is an idiot you are the exact same idiot. Idiot.

        August 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
      • Dan

        Sarah, I don't think Marty and David are the same person. Learn how to structure a sentence before professing how intelligent you are by your username.

        August 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • Maurice

        Grammar is how you construct a sentence which can be found in most 100 series college curriculums An argument must have a premise/s ( evidence) that support a conclusion ( your point). This lesson can be found in your 100 series philosophy course. However the most important course you should have taken is World History 100 series. So that we as a country will remember to not relive the ignorant mistakes made in the past. Maybe some of you went to college but you didn't do very well. That's ok! However pick up a History book!!

        August 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
      • Tim E

        In a sense, history can't prevent the repetition of past mistakes because situations are never the same, especially when it comes to geopolitics. But that's perhaps a point for debate in a philosophy class. By all means, though, do read history!

        August 18, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • gay boy

      Marty u are a straight idiot. The damn dems in congress voted to go to war. They approved it or their would have been no war in iraq. God democrats stop the lies.

      August 18, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
      • SarahSmart

        Well then that would make you the gay idiot, how bout you go find out WHY dems in congress did vote that way, could it have had anything to do with the fraudulent information provided by Bush and his administration??? Hmm

        August 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
      • scranton

        @sarahsmart- Using you logic then it wasn't Bush's fault either since he was given misinformation on theWMD's. Even Bill Clinton said they had them along with British PM Tony Blair. You will always make excuses for the Democrats. What about now that Obama is escalating the war in Afghanistan and still has troops in IRAQ.

        August 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
      • Tim E

        @scranton - I voted for Bush in 2000, but he lost me when it became clear that his administration deceitfully attempted to manufacture evidence of WMD and a link between Saddam and 9/11 in order to achieve a geopolitical strategy and when it also became clear that its diplomacy prior to the war was disingenuous and not in good faith. I did not vote for either John Kerry in 2004 or Obama in 2008, but I see no evidence that Obama's Afghanistan surge was anything but in good faith, after the pattern of McCain's surge in Iraq, which proved effective.

        August 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Erik

      Bushs' Wars ? Wow... First off the Afghan war is not Bushs'. Its OUR war. We were attacked and talking to them is not an option after they have murdered our people.Once we have our boot up there arse and we are using them as our shoes then maybe we will want to converse with them. As far as Iraq goes we had over 50 some odd UN violations. Ok you say no war with them over that... Ok fine. Then if we or no one else in the UN is going to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough then we need to get out of the UN. Its pointless to stay in an organization that has no teeth. But I will agree with you no WAR in Iraq for no membership at the UN. As far as Bush is concerned and your comment you would hate Bush no matter what unless he was a spineless liberal. I am no fan of Bush as I put a third of the blame for this financial mess on him, Clinton and Obama. All 3 bare responsibility.

      August 18, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
      • YoHi64

        I admire the way you ignore the WMD argument in Iraq, as well as the fact that Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11, Erik.

        And, Afghanistan became Bush's war after Tora Bora.....as you so eloquently put it.....we shoved "our boot up there arse" well and properly by ripping apart Al Qaeda and throwing the Taliban out of power.

        Occupation and nation building were not part of our mission.

        August 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  35. gay boy

    No bill this post is not gay, it is AMERICAN AND I AND MY BLACK HUSBAND ARE PROUD GAY TEA PARTY SUPPORTERS AND WE AINT RACIST PEOPLE. STOP ALL THE WARS NOW AND HELP EDUCATE AMERICAS INNER CITY CHILDREN AND ALL POOR CHILDREN, THEY ARE OUR FUTURE. ALL the dembos do for black folks is stick ur people in crime ridden housing projects. All black people should be given 100,000 dollars to buy homes with to make up for ur terrible abuse u have endured in AMERICA THROUGH THE DECADES.INSTEAD ODUMBO GIVES THE MONEY TO RICH WHITE BANKS ECT. GIVING THIS CASH TO HELP OUR BLACK AMERICANS BUY HOMES WOULD HAVE SAVED THE ECONOMY. DEMS HAVE NO MORALS OR THEY WOULD HAVE DONE THIS. THEY WANT ONLY UR VOTE AND UR BLOOD BLACK AMERICA. I AM THE TEA PARTY, I AM GAY, AND I SAY VOTE CAIN, PERRY, PALIN AND SAVE AMERICA FROM LIBERAL WHITE TRASH

    August 18, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
    • zhawk88

      thats cute... but your clearly and idiot and liar. so shut up. no one in their right mind who is gay supports palin you freaking idiot.

      August 18, 2011 at 10:10 am | Reply
      • gay boy

        Zhaw88, I aint a liar dembo. U are a racist fool. All my friends who are gay are in the tea party. U are on crack and once again u are an uneducated fool. Go perry palin cain SAVE AMERICA FROM EVIL NO MORALS LIBERALS.

        August 18, 2011 at 10:40 am |
      • Maurice

        I think your tea parties are mixed up. I think you meant the "Tea Bag Party! Now in that party your theory might make sense!

        August 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • SarahSmart

      LOL! Thats good stuff right there. Your a member of the tea party but your position is the government should just give you money? Your black husband huh? Your gay but want to vote in people who would strip away the rights of the gay and lesbian community? Is this a subtle way of telling your man you want a divorce? LMAO My advice to you would be ...read a book, and then another, and another, and another.....all subjects.

      August 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      The hypocrisy in your post both sickens me and humors me. I find it bizarre that, as a purported tea baggier, you want the federal government to simply hand you $100k. This is the very same government that you readily chastise in the same post. The way your post reads, I assume you're NOT African-American. Regardless, you seem to want a handout of your own (or your husband's). Why don't you get your ass back to work.

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      August 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  36. Rafael Nava Jr.

    Good move from Obama. And after he does this, he should MAKE republicans step down. People worrying about how much taxpayer money is going to Syria, when people haven't realized that we are wasting our taxpayer money when republicans just ignore whatever the President has to say just because of the political party, even when they know democrats are right.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • zhawk88

      TRUE THAT!

      August 18, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
  37. Deep North

    OR WHAT!? WAR NUMBER 4! Focus at home Mr President.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • Frankie

      Calling on others to join is absolutely the right move!

      August 18, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
      • Joe

        No, Frankie. The right move is to stay out of it, just as he should have done with Libya. The guy ran for office promising to close Gitmo and end two wars. Now two years later Gitmo is still open for business, the same two wars are still going on, he's added a third war, and it looks like he's about to add a fourth. But airheads like you continue to say that the Republicans are the war mongers. At least when a Republican goes to war he's out to protect America. When Obama goes to war he's out to save the rest of the world and in so doing he hurts America every time.

        August 18, 2011 at 10:26 am |
      • rep

        Sorry Joe. There's a have a problem with your arithmetic on wars and promises. The drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan have begun. The death toll in Irag is miniscule compared to what it used to be; the military mission ended there at least a year or so ago. I know you think things should end as fast as you can click a mouse, in reality things take time. We made a mess over there and handing things over in a way such that we don't have another MAJOR problem to deal with in a few years takes careful planning and time.

        The Libya war is NATO's. We led initially and prevented a massacre that was already beginning. Everyone wishes that conflict was over already, but it's still hardly a blip on the radar screen. Why? Relatively low cost, ZERO American deaths, no troops on the ground, actions are NATO-led, and almost all fighting (and dying) is done by the rebels themselves. You cannot compare that war to Iraq and Afghanistan at all.

        The Gitmo call is true. Frankly, he over promised & underestimated the political resistance. (All the candidates do this, I'm sure.) He initiated it by issuing an executive order to have it closed, but guess what? Hardly any Congress folks (Dems and esp not GOP) want those prisoners brought back and held in their state. The GOP is mobilizing now to have those prisoners permanently kept there. My guess is that more Americans also view them all as terrorists without rights, so there's probably less support for trying them here than you think. Given a second term he might try to revisit this one but will it be worth it given the other bipartisan work that needs to get done?

        August 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  38. Redeye Dog

    .....because this strategy has worked so well with Libya!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • Frankie

      I can't wait to see you in the Oval Office making "better" decisions. Especially since you already have all the advisers, information, CIA reports, etc.. to say or do the right thing!

      August 18, 2011 at 10:14 am | Reply
      • Joe

        I could do a better job than Obama, that's for sure. First order of business would be to stop trying to be the savior to the whole freaking world and worry about those here in my own country. Every single post of yours is to follow and support Obama...ridiculous.

        August 18, 2011 at 10:24 am |
      • Frankie

        Jo, get off your high horse! Notice I never insulted you (and will not). I just think that any candidate thinks they can do a better job when they run for office (including Obama) and then they find out – once they are in office – that the situation is not as simple as they thought. Promises are broken once reality sits in. Your hate is blinding you just as it did to Bush's haters. I guess I can never be in the center for a right winger!

        August 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • Maurice

        Actually Frankie! That was all public information. You just have think critically after examining the information . Not saying you didn't think. However you can't watch the tv news and not do your research, remember they have there own agenda!

        August 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
      • Frankie

        Maurice. Thanks for the feedback. I did the research. I actually spent a great time learning history & political science in college. I was just making a general statement and not specifically towards the Libyan situation. I also traveled extensively in the Middle East and northern Africa. What is happening in Syria is truly unprecedented considering the brutality of the regime.

        August 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • Barry G.

      The good people of Libya deserve to chose their own leaders and to be free from a ruthless, selfish, dictator, like Quadafi, or however he spells his name.

      God bless the good people of Libya, and may God bless them with good leadership, peace, justice and prosperity.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  39. gay boy

    Please stop your hate and warmongering you bunch of left wing extremist. I miss a repub president. And people the tea party aint racist, I am a proud tea party supporter and I am very GAY and they love me. U young kids are learning what the dembos are all about, HATE, LIES, KILLERS OF UNBORN AND OUR TROOPS because they have no morals. Go Cain, Perry, Palin, SAVE AMERICA FROM LIBERAL NO MORALS TRASH

    August 18, 2011 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • Bill

      This post is gay.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • Jordan

      How quickly teabaggers forget that it was the Republicans that blindly led us into a war with no provocation or evidence of WMDs.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:41 am | Reply
      • gay boy

        Yo jordon, republicans didnt lead us into any war buddy, the dembos voted in congress and gave dumb bush permission to go to war in iraq. Get yo facts straight. Stop talking about us tea baggers we are america founded by a black man. Yes a founding father of the tea party is a BLACK MAN. IM GAY, IM THE TEA PATY, MY HUSBANDS BLACK AND HES THE TEA PARTY. STOP THE DAMN LIBERAL LIES AND HATE

        August 18, 2011 at 10:22 am |
      • SarahSmart

        gay boy the tea party said you cant have a husband dumb ass

        August 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Jack sheet

      You are gay as a 2-dollar bill.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  40. meades

    Iran will come to support Syria and the next thing you know WWIII.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • Joe

      Good. Then we can finally nuke Iran back to the stone age once and for all.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:37 am | Reply
      • Tim E

        There are good people in Iran. Hopefully the world will rid itself of the so-called theocracy there without the nuclear option. It wouldn't hurt for Israel to stop hijacking a two-state solution by expanding settlements in the West Bank, and it wouldn't hurt if Arab nations would condemn Hamas' violence against Israel.

        August 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  41. Joe

    I think Assad should call for Obama to step down.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • Joe

      And as a PS, the part I really like is where they say Obama is modelling his Syria policy after Libya...because he was SO successful in getting Ghadaffi to step down.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • Frankie

      So Joe, you don't have a problem comparing a democratically elected president with a thug who inherited his presidency from his brutal father?

      August 18, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
    • Joe

      Frankie, the end result of both Obama and Assad's actions are the same...a country left in ruins.

      August 18, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • Frankie

      Joe, honestly, I am an independent who does not care for either party. The fact is we have heard this rhetoric about the end of our country every time either party gets a hold of the office or congress (or both). Anyway, no one is calling on the US to be the only player here. I am proud, as an American, that my president, love him or hate him, is taking a leading stand against these thugs. I was with Bush on Iraq, until the WMD issue turned out to be, well, you know...

      August 18, 2011 at 10:23 am | Reply
  42. jon

    How about starting with the president recalling his ambassador to syria,robert ford, who obama foolishly reappointed during the lame duck session and about a week before assad began his assault on his own civilians. You think Obama can at least do that? Its past time he recalled ford, even as a gesture....

    The real debate that needs to be had is obama's whole foreign policy FAILURE of "muslim outreach" and deferring to internationalists and their cabal at the UN. Has anyone seen either CNN, the NYTimes, Washington post ABC,CBS,NBC start to delve into this colossal foreign policy failure? No! Why not? because they helped elect this president and they dont want to admit it was a mistake. So they omit any real news that just might be construed as holding this presidents feet to the fire, just like they would otherwise do to ANY republican president.

    What a failure of the left wing media.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • Joe

      Agree with you 100%. If you reach a hand out to he Muslim world all you get back is a bloody stump.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:26 am | Reply
  43. Robert

    Does anyone really think that Assad cares whether or not the US calls for him to step down? There is a lot of news around this story, but I don't think this headline is it.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:14 am | Reply
  44. dutspup

    I anyone cant tell we are slowly dismantling the arab nations one by one using their own people and the CIA of course. You think its a dirt pit now, justwait.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:10 am | Reply
  45. meades

    I am really starting to wonder what the heck we are doing around the world. We can not even address and stay focused our own nations issues so why why why are we trying to fix everyone elses? What a waste of time and energy.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:09 am | Reply
  46. jon

    Oh no...not more of this BS from obama and his flunkies...

    assad has been murdering his people for 5 months and the SPINELESS Obama has done NOTHING but flap his overused lips. What a total disgrace this preisdent is. Does no one remember his reaapointing an ambassador to syria prematurely, and doing it during the lame duck recess or whatever it's called....republicans said it was a boneheaded effort towards diplomacy to reward a regime that had done NOTHING to merit it, and yet the dems wholesale supported it....and look at the results.....what a naive fool obama is with his MUSLIM OUTREACH. A colossal fool.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • meades

      There can be no diplomacy with if the other side does not care about you or any of their people. We are wasting time with these efforts across the arab world.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:15 am | Reply
      • jon

        Agreed. Obama needs to stop wasting his time with this MUSLIM OUTREACH bullshit, and support his ONLY true friend in the middle east, Israel, rather than attempting to flay israel to appease the muslims, who will never be appeased. What a great foreign policy this president has, eh? Use your ally to appease your enemy. Greeeeat.....what wonderful leadership, what wonderful values.

        Where the hell is thomas friedman today??? I'll tell you where....he's awol...hiding behind obama's skirt.

        August 18, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  47. KJ

    Why is the U.S. calling for anyone to step down? What kind of dictatorship crap are we getting into now?...

    August 18, 2011 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      The warmongering democrats will do anything to keep peoples eyes off their failed policies. Obama will get us into another war soon enough.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:02 am | Reply
      • Jordan

        Please don't forget that it was the Republicans that blindly led us into a war with no evidence or provocation.

        August 18, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Betty

      I wish other countrys would ask Obama to step down .?I could really got for that .

      August 18, 2011 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • Betty

      Obama needs to go and maybe someone with brains run this country and fix it

      August 18, 2011 at 9:10 am | Reply
    • Jim

      The USA is calling for Obams to step down!

      August 18, 2011 at 9:11 am | Reply
  48. nonPCrealist

    We are starting to sound like (and be as effective as) the UN at this point..

    August 18, 2011 at 8:58 am | Reply
  49. David

    Can't we butt out of this one? Please?

    August 18, 2011 at 8:57 am | Reply
  50. Whombatt

    I bet that will strike the fear of Allah in him. It is Allah, is it not? If this is the best that Hillary can come up with, it's time to reboot the State Department (along with the Presidency).

    August 18, 2011 at 8:51 am | Reply
  51. Will

    MAY call for him to step down? Didn't Obama shake that mans hand in friendship? Seems the only people that this administration hates are tea party people and they happen to be American Citizens. They will old white ladies terrorists but after Syria kills thousands we hear nothing from him or Biden, Pelosi or Reid. We can rain bombs on a Libya that gave up its nuclear bomb program but will do nothing about Syria or Iran.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:51 am | Reply
  52. Steven

    Mr Obama: Mr. Asad you are out of order!
    Mr Asad: You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole world is out of order! They're out of order!

    August 18, 2011 at 8:50 am | Reply
  53. dm

    Is Syria the 51st state. Why do we continue with these charades? Calling for this one and that one to step down. the US has got audacity alright. It is getting to their common head.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:30 am | Reply
  54. Name*Miranda

    This headline has appeared on CNN at least half a dozen times. I guess Obama thinks that threatening to ask al-Assad to step down is scary enough. Meanwhile he is oblivious to the real threats to the country from Iran, China, and North Korea. And he is clueless about how to do anything but foment class warfare at home. Basically we have a failed ex-law school prof and failed community organizer as president. Obama ought to call for HIMSELF to step down and then do it.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • Martin

      I was going to respond to your rant, but decided not to waste my time. The absurdity of what you write already speaks volumes that any intelligent person can appreciate. There, I guess I have responded after all!

      August 18, 2011 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • Will

      Rant? Sounds true to me.

      August 18, 2011 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      Well said. Obama is an absolute failure and the only response the democrats have is: you're a racist, you're stupid, you're and idiot, it's Bush, it's the tea party, it's the arab spring, it's the earth quake, it's bad luck etc. etc. etc.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:06 am | Reply
  55. bob

    WHATS THAT JERK OBAMA WAITING FOR??

    August 18, 2011 at 8:28 am | Reply
  56. Fred S.

    Where the hell was Sec. Clinton during the violent suppression of the protesters at the 2004 Republican convention. She doesn't seem to be against communist China either. I think Tiannenmen Sq. was followed by about 200 million dollars in foreign trade. I mean get off it. What a nut!
    Your unreasoning hatred of Mr AssAd is similar to your dislike of the AA rating. The truth is that you people are incompetent maniacs, and and your constant interfering is destroying America.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • Martin

      But you're not paranoid, are you Freddie?

      August 18, 2011 at 8:38 am | Reply
  57. Blah

    Great job!! Ask him to step down....the American people have been asking Obama to step down to no avail. Lets see if we can have Angolia or Crete to ask you in our favor.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:15 am | Reply
  58. John

    We need to mind are owen buz!!!!! stay otu of this let them figure it out we are not the world police!!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • Barry G.

      Many felt this way when Hitler was making his assault on all of Europe and then parts of Africa and Asia.

      Do you think the US should have minded its own business and ignored what Hitler was doing?

      August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  59. Fred S.

    Uh-oh, they're "galvanizing". You know what happened the last time they "galvanised".
    World War II.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:09 am | Reply
  60. Hoofleau

    Holier than thou politics! Please Mr. President, stay out of this. Tell the joint chiefs that you will give them time off with pay just to avoid another conflict. Please. No more!

    August 18, 2011 at 8:08 am | Reply
  61. sal

    Its about time he does something. This guy is killing so many people and obama is going on vacation. Were not in debt because of obama. We were in debt long before bush was in power. Were in debt cause people don't want to spend their money in this country. You say all these things about how obama is killing this country. What have you done for it? Sack up and join thhe military you jokes of a life.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • Jerry

      Hey Sal, have you given any consideration to the fact that YOU may be the REAL "JOKE OF A LIFE"? Just like you do, let other people express their opinions on this blogs. After all, this is not China, Venezuela, Cuba, etc., etc. You sound like a NObamamite.

      By the way, your welfare check just arrived in the mail!

      August 18, 2011 at 8:16 am | Reply
    • Martin

      Join the military? And get blown up in some stupid, pointless war? In some half-baked country where we don't even begin to understand the dynamics and where we're obviously not welcome? No, thanks!

      August 18, 2011 at 8:42 am | Reply
    • kalo

      Also there was a surplus during Clinton so~ pick up a history book.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:19 am | Reply
  62. Fred S.

    "international outrage"? What international outrage? You're hallucinating again.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:01 am | Reply
  63. JoeProfet

    What meddlesome administrations we've had over the past two decades, and we wonder why we are still at war with many nations...either politically or physically. We just can't seem to keep our noses out of everyone's business. Doesn't it seem odd to anyone that the headlines read "The U.S. Strategy..." What exactly makes us the playbook writer in the world? Why can't we see for once that in doing so and thrusting our ideologies on others causes enmity between us and the ones we "strategize" over??? If we could address the root cause, we may actually see some relief from carrying the burden of world police actions!

    August 18, 2011 at 8:00 am | Reply
  64. Linda

    Can we ask our "president" to step down too, while they're at it?

    August 18, 2011 at 7:59 am | Reply
  65. Jerry

    President NObama, Hillary Clinton, etc., etc., stop meddling in the affairs of other countries. You clueless people have enough on your plate here in good/old USA.

    Thank you!

    August 18, 2011 at 7:48 am | Reply
    • jay shelley

      Right on, Jerry. Are u putting sunblock on ur RED NECK, pulling up ur WHITE sucks as u suck on a BLUE Ribbon beer?

      August 18, 2011 at 7:50 am | Reply
      • Bayousara

        Please! Don't use phone texting on a blog where writing English is the norm. Young people can barely write anymore.

        August 18, 2011 at 8:11 am |
      • gay boy

        When will you liberal left wing extremist stop all the hate and war mongering? I miss a repub president. U lib dembos that are young are learning that liberals dont mind going to war because they love to spend spend spend and they dont care about others getting killed in war like they dont care about unborn kids who have a heart beat being killed. I am a proud GAY TEA PARTY SUPPORTER. You dems are deceived fools, by your dembo leaders. Go palin, cain and perry and SAVE AMERICA. 2012 bye bye odumbo

        August 18, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • Jerry

      Jay, actually no. However, since you pretend to be so knowledgeable and almighty, I am willing to apply them to your backside.

      August 18, 2011 at 7:56 am | Reply
  66. mwsunshine

    As ususal, our fearless leader is a little weak and a little late. He can condemn Asaad's actions all he wants, he will change nothing. With this silly man leading our country (albeit from behind), we better keep a very strong military.

    August 18, 2011 at 7:46 am | Reply
  67. J

    Man I bet al-Assad is pooping his pants in fear while at the same time laughing at Barry on his majical mystery bus tour. LOL

    August 18, 2011 at 7:45 am | Reply
    • jay shelley

      "May the minions of Allah pour molten lead into the eye sockets of the enemies of Islam!"
      (It actually says that in the Koran, Chapter 122, Verses 1-3.

      August 18, 2011 at 7:52 am | Reply
      • Hakoon

        Quran has only 114 chapters, you have just exposed your self and your kind like the bigoted hateful liars that you are

        August 18, 2011 at 8:02 am |
      • jay shelley

        Sorry, typo – Chapter 12. In the same verse Mohammed deflowers a 12 year-old boy and then beheads him for not pretending to like it.

        August 18, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  68. jay shelley

    OK, perhaps I was a bit hard on Elise Labott. She cleans up nice in the studio and the girl has got it kind-of going, especially with the short-haired pixie in her bio pics. However, sitting at a desk with a journalism degree from Bum U is not serious reporting.

    August 18, 2011 at 7:43 am | Reply
  69. jay shelley

    Step down and be replaced by whom? Obama is a well-intentioned fool, and this writer is obviously an East Coast armchair commentator who has probably never even been to the Middle East. In that part of the world, your political enemies don't sandbag you with Piers, they ASSASSINATE a brotha', and soon stuff starts to blow up in the NYC. Isn't it better to have a strong leader who occasionally breaks some heads than a gaggle of muslim extremists plunging that nation, and the world, into chaos?

    August 18, 2011 at 7:38 am | Reply
  70. JJ

    The majority of the USA people want Obama to step down, so. Maybe this could be Obama's 3rd unapproved war.

    August 18, 2011 at 7:37 am | Reply
    • Barry G.

      I don't believe that you are correct. I don't believe that the majority of Americans want Pres. Obama to step down.

      Pres. Obama is our elected leader, and I support him. And I'm not even a Democrat.

      Let's be honest the US is in serious trouble because of irresponsible fiscal policies over the past twenty to thirty years. We can't blame Pres. Obama for this.

      Blaming Pres. Obama for our current woes would be like a divorced parent, who blames all of their troubles on their ex.

      We should be placing blame on those who are responsible for the irresponsible financial schemes that led to the failure of the housing markets.

      It's amazing that people aren't demanding that those who caussed the housing market to fail be held accountabel and return the money they acquired.

      Irresponsible lending practices by the banks led to this crisis.

      And where was Alan Greenspan, when all of this was brewing?

      When Bernie Madoff was recently interviewed, he was asked what he would do to fix the economy. He said he didnt know. He then said that he couldn't believe that no one else has gone to prision.

      I think Bernie makes a good point.

      Whare aren't more people going to prision, regardless of how wealthy they are and regardless of their station in life.

      August 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  71. Harry

    And after Obama is finished calling for Assad to step down, maybe Angela Merkel will call for Obama to step down.

    August 18, 2011 at 7:37 am | Reply
  72. Suzy

    U.S. asking for Assad to step down how much of tax payers money are being used for this unlawful action to happen.? Why doesn't Obama step down with him. Poor judgement for this country. As Action will speaks louder then words. We as a country don't need to get involved in foreign country affairs.Gee don't ya think that's why aour copuntry is in a ecomic crisis headed in the wrong direction. Wake up America!!

    August 18, 2011 at 7:36 am | Reply
  73. Edsr

    Mr Assad.....oh Mr Assad.......GOD is speaking! OH.....sorry.......I meant MR OBAMA who thinks he is GOD!

    August 18, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply
    • Barry G.

      Are you serious?

      I'm not even a Democrat, and yet it's obvious to me that Pres. Obama is a humble and decent man.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  74. Dan S.

    and why not? i hope they do call on him to step down ?
    what is it with you people? is it always that you need to complain?
    for him to step down would be a good thing considering how many people this guy killed so far
    in a few months and still going? figures are still unknown and could reach over 5000 easily!
    the best thing that the US will do is call on him to step down, get rid of this bloody government
    and hopefully IRAN will be next

    August 18, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply
    • Derrique Stuckey

      Oh, are you going to paying for this via cash, money order, or personal check?

      August 18, 2011 at 8:03 am | Reply
    • CT

      Dan, I assume that you're already on your way to Syria to do this, right? You wouldn't possibly be gung ho for OTHER PEOPLE to go over there and get killed when you're not willing to risk your life too, would you? Of course you would, you're just another idiot posting on CNN about us needing to go to war when in reality your an overweight, sweaty pig accessing the internet from Mommy's basement.

      August 18, 2011 at 8:23 am | Reply
    • Barry G.

      Dan,

      You can call for anyone to step down. You live in America.

      I wouldn't do this, if you lived in say Syria, N. Korea, China, Russia, etc., etc..

      You should thank God you live in such a great country, where people can freely express their opinions, no matter how feeble, foolish or misguided they are.

      Go ahead. Go to Saudi Arabia or Iran and shoot your mouth off.

      See what happens.

      August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  75. chante

    how can the U.S. call for the removal of a president from another country. this is so ridiculous we need to mind our business and get our defict together

    August 18, 2011 at 7:29 am | Reply
    • Cynic

      Absolutely! Pouring our resources down the bottomless pit of imperialism is killing us.

      August 18, 2011 at 7:38 am | Reply
    • Barry G.

      When a so called leader becomes so vile and so cruel, how can the civilized world stand by and watch them torture and kill innocent people.

      Are we not our brother's and sister's keepers?

      Don't we have an obligation to help and deliver, when we can?

      August 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  76. Eddie

    I am sure he will hop right to it. Yes Mr. Obama, right away Mr. Obama.

    August 18, 2011 at 7:25 am | Reply
    • Barry G.

      And who do you suppose is backing al-Assad?

      Who do you think is backing this cruel, violent dictator?

      Think about it.

      I'm guessing it's not a charitible organization.

      August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Reply

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