November 18th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Clinton: What we see in Syria is 'very disturbing'

In an interview on the sidelines of the East Asian Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN's Brianna Keilar that what is going on in Syria is "very disturbing" and said the opposition is changing, and becoming "well armed and prepared to take action against the Syrian government."

Clinton also spoke about her upcoming trip to Burma, the first by a U.S. Secretary of State in over 50 years. The trip will present an opportunity to test recent political and economic reforms recently enacted by the military junta in the Southeast Asian nation. "How real it is, how far it goes - we will have to make sure we have a better understanding than we do right now," she said in the interview.

And as President Obama announced an agreement with the Australian government earlier this week that would eventually allow over two thousand U.S. Marines to be stationed at an Australian military base on the northern coast of the country, Clinton told CNN the Marines would not be a "hostile presence" meant to counter China.

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  1. Showmeyerpapers

    Nuke the border absolutely

    November 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  2. Gijoe

    Ahh miz klintun, she still makes me throw up a little in my mouth every time i am unfortunate enough to catch a glimpse of her and scratch my eyes out after all these years,what a pus bag

    November 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  3. Maltese Falcon

    According to Sec. Clinton, the Opposition is "well armed and prepared to [attack] the Syrian government."
    Why ever would that be? Clinton and CIA stooge Ford set that up on order from Bushama.
    The only question is when Clinton joined the CIA and became a murderer.

    November 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • Darth Vader

      Assad is a punk. Regardless of how you feel about Mrs. Clinton, I think it's very agreeable that the Syrian opposition has every right to overthrow its defunct and oppressive government. Screw party lines man. What matters here is that them people are being abused in the worst way and deserve a chance at running their own country.

      November 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  4. Maltese Falcon

    What we see in Sec. Clinton is very disturbing. A lying propaganda shill for the Kill Kaddhafi Krusade.
    Glad she never made president. Now to get rid of the other drone.

    November 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  5. JOE

    There's always two sides to a story and while such, one cannot take a position on both sides of an argument. For example, it was unethical and wrong for the GOP to accuse President Obama of not intervening in Libya to protect civilians and then to deliberately flip flop on the issue and turn around and accuse the President of rushing to war without a stated goal. Yes, that is wrong and unethical.

    Now it is one thing to criticise the Obama administration's handling of the uprisings in countries affected by the Arab Spring for one reason or another. Yes, criticism is not always bad as long as there's an effective alternative or solution attached to your criticism to stop the bloodshed and stabilize the crisis. So my question to you critics is that if you were involved in the ddecision making here, what would you have done differently than what the Obama administration has so far done in its handling of the unrest in Egypt, Libya and now Syria? And just keep in mind that name calling does not help the situation. Whether you're to the left, in the middle or to the right it would be helpfull if we can contribute and come up with sensible solutions to help our govern in its decision making on issues abroad and at home. Any solutions?

    November 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  6. RickeyV

    I believe Assad is fighting of J hadi militants and the WH is on the wrong side, again.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  7. Koko

    So Hillary Clinton... how much US taxpayers money will you and your corporate palsgiving to Syrian opposition to secure future investments for all of you? You have made KILLING in Lybia, Iraq and Afghanistan already. Oh no...I'm sorry, you were just spreadyng "democracy" there, right?

    November 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • pillowbiter

      hmmm...it seems miss clinton that there are far more disturbing things happening here at home, such as a +$15 trillion debt, unemployment, protests, gay take over of the media, illegal immigration, 9 to you, but some 15 to us percent unemployment, jobs leaving the u.s. (never to come back)...
      but Syria appears to be more worrisome..ha!

      nice 73rd facelift, by the way!

      pillowbiter

      November 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  8. Chrisekpo

    Hillary Clinton is not to be trusted
    She is one of the top OBAMA administration adding petrol to fire in SYRIA

    November 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  9. al sullivan

    Clinton and Obama has been using their special services to destablize the middle east without a clear idea of what to do when the governments the US tumble. The disturbing thing isn't in Syria or Libya, it is in the white house, which has decided to force changes of government

    November 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  10. JOE

    Perhaps we should ask the GOP how to deal with Syria. Never mind! We can't deal with a third ten year war. We'll try the Obama doctrine if its called for. It sems to be working pretty well!

    November 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  11. LetsGetOneThingStraight

    Lets get one thing straight. They'd rather BURN IT than relinquish power. Obervers my a$$. They will observe ATTROCITIES ALLRIGHT, and Assad will do what he was doing all along, lower his zipper.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  12. Jon Dough

    American corporations have invested billions in plant and equipment, given up intellectual property rights in a bid to make a quick (hundreds of) billion or so, and supress domestic workers. Now we have a expedited a manufacturing giant, way stronger and much more of a threat, thanks to "US" (and other western investment). And who will pay if there is a war? Those in our displaced economic class for sure, and probably everyone this time.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  13. jorge washinsen

    We have a nose problem and can see everyones's problems but ours.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  14. Sandy

    So we should not be surprised today that china has joined north korea now as a military ally...

    November 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • anarkynow

      That is absolutely correct Sandy, no educated person should be surprised. Do us a favor and open an browser window and go to Wikipedia and search for "Korean War". Its a pitiful source, but, in your case, may be quite enlightening.

      November 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Reply

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