May 16th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

U.S. in waiting game on Syria

By Elise Labott, CNN

Fifteen months into the crisis in Syria, and the Obama administration is, as one U.S. official describes it, in "a holding pattern," waiting for Russia to abandon its support for President Bashar al-Assad, waiting for sanctions to topple the economy and waiting for an organized Syrian opposition to present a coherent vision for a post-Assad Syria.

As the U.S. waits for what many believe is the inevitable failure of a United Nations-backed plan, American officials say they would rather U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan to pronounce his diplomatic efforts a failure himself.

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Senior officials say the international monitors provided for in the current agreement with the Syrian government, however small in number, offer a small buffer against Assad's forces. Additionally, the U.S. and its allies on the U.N. Security Council want Russia to come to its own conclusion that Assad is not living up to his end of the agreement in ceasing the violence, and the plan is a failure. The concern is should the U.S. push for the next step, it would further alienate Moscow, which is skeptical about efforts to push out Syria's president. How the plan fails is as important as when it does, Western diplomats said this week.

"You have the politics part of this plan, and you have what is really happening on the ground," one U.S. official said. "We are going to be in a bit of a holding pattern for a while, debating on whether this has succeeded or failed, and whether it was designed to fail."

But the U.S. is looking for ways it can further aid the opposition. U.S. officials and congressional sources say the Obama administration has realized that nonlethal communication, currently the bulk of U.S. support for the opposition, is not enough. In recent weeks, the U.S. has broadened its outreach to include Syria's rebel groups, including the Free Syrian Army.

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Sources say the administration is already increasing coordination with Gulf nations working to arm the opposition and is actively debating providing additional military support.

"These guys need space, training and greater capabilities," one congressional source said. "What is that, where would it be done, who would it be for? Those are the questions the administration is trying to answer, and they need to be moving a lot faster."

So far, representatives of the rebel groups say the weapons are not coming in any significant numbers.

"The problem is we want weapons but have received nothing so far," said Free Syrian Army Capt. Riad Ahmed, currently in Istanbbul.

Sen. John McCain R-Arizona, one of the administration's harshest critics on Syria policy who recently returned from a trip to the Turkish border with Syria, has openly called for arming the opposition and supporting havens for opposition members.

"What they need, first of all, is weapons to defend themselves," he told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "Then we need to talk with our allies about a sanctuary, a place where the government can organize, where we can train and equip these forces so that we can have a fair fight."

Haunted by memories of the dead

The State Department has also stepped up its efforts to unite Syria's fractured political opposition. Last week, the State Department invited leaders of the Kurdish National Council, from the relatively quiet eastern part of Syria, to Washington. In meetings with U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford other senior US officials, sources said the possibility was raised of opening another front against al-Assad's forces to force him to divert resources from the western part of the country.

Sanctions have left Syria's main revenue sources, tourism and oil exports, "almost completely dried up," according to David Cohen, the undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. "They're not earning, and on the expenditure side, they're spending money to try and keep inflation down by subsidizing food and fuel, and they're spending a lot of money, frankly, pursuing the violence against their own people," he said last week at an event in Washington. "The combined effect of this is that the economic situation in Syria today is quite perilous."

In the coming weeks, a working group made up of representatives from various countries will meet in Washington to consider how to increase financial pressure on Damascus, Cohen said.

Earlier this year, the administration concluded that the Syrian National Council, the primary opposition group dealing with the international community, will not be running the country after al-Assad falls. Since then, Ambassador Ford, who has combed the globe to meet with Syrians from all walks of life, has tried to identify Syrians inside the country whom the U.S. can do business with. Members of the country's various revolutionary councils - the grassroots movements that are coordinating on the ground with the armed opposition - are viewed as more organized and potentially able to help Syria through a transition period.

There is still little coordination between Syrians on the ground and the Syrian National Council, which is still the international face of the opposition. In the coming days, Ford is hoping to convene a meeting of a diverse group of Syrians, including some from inside the country, with the goal of creating a more cohesive opposition that can inspire more confidence from the international community.

"It is preposterous that we are only at this point after 15 months," another U.S. official lamented.

Once the opposition is sufficiently united, the ball will be in the U.S. court to actively support it. Until now, the Obama administration has been loath to support militarization of the conflict in Syria, fearing it would spark the kind of civil war that sprang out of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Yet last week's bombing of a Syrian intelligence facility, presumed to be the work of al Qaeda in Iraq, proves those fears have already been realized. Some U.S. officials and diplomats worry how long members of the opposition will be willing to fight a losing battle with the regime without sufficient international support until they turn to al Qaeda, which is more than willing to help them wage jihad.

”By not getting more involved,” warns Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “We are contributing to the fact that this is tipping from a civil and armed insurrection to an insurgency and toward civil war."

The international community is looking toward the United States for the elusive plan B. But as the presidential election in the United States approaches, diplomats in the region voice frustration about what they perceive as a lack of political will from the Obama administration to orchestrate the next move in Syria.

"In order to say the Annan plan doesn't have any hope, you have to have a plan to deploy immediately," one senior Western diplomat said. "If you say it's dead, people are going to say, 'What is next?' There is nothing."

Nowhere is that sentiment felt more strongly than in Turkey. While the Obama administration has been actively considering support for havens inside Syria, Washington is looking to Ankara to lead the way. Turkish officials, however, say they are looking for the U.S. to provide the leadership first, which they say starts with Washington working more actively to secure Russian support for a U.N. Security Council resolution under Chapter 7, which would provide a legal basis for any military intervention.

Turkish officials say they want international legitimacy for any further action, which only such a U.N. mandate can provide.

"We are prepared to do everything possible in our power to help the Syrian people," one senior Turkish official said. "But if you are waiting for us to come and say we will do it, we won't go it alone."

The U.S. also wants Turkey to make a political decision to allow training and equipping of Syrian opposition on its soil. Ankara has told the U.S. it is prepared to allow weapons to flow across its borders and more actively help the internal Syrian opposition, but only if Washington, too, exercises leadership.

"The Turks are prepared to deliver if the U.S. is with them," one U.S. official said. "They don't want to do something and be left holding the bag. They want to be assured of success, and that means American leadership."

Syria is likely to be a topic of discussion at this weekend's NATO summit in Chicago. Although the alliance has repeatedly said it has no plans to wade into the Syrian conflict, Turkey has suggested it could invoke Article IV of the NATO Charter, which allows NATO to begin consultations on threats to Turkey, which would pave the way for consultations on how Syria may pose a threat to Turkish security.

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom contributed to this report.

soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Hussein

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    November 11, 2012 at 4:00 am | Reply
  2. Megan Grawe

    No we don't have a plan "B" for Syria! ....you're forgetting who our president is Fareed!

    May 18, 2012 at 3:35 am | Reply
  3. Islamic

    Plan C = ass of Hillary " white ass " .

    Assad will stay in power . U.S cannot change
    My presedent.Assad ، because Syria is stronge . Sunni Muslims in Syria are agents to U.S . So we will kill them all . Long live Bashar Assad and Iran . Death to America . Death to Sunni in Syria .

    May 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Reply
    • Richard Wisecarver

      Apparently certain fools have found a way to solve all their problems. You simply blame all your nation's problems on Obama & the USA. I see comments from all over the Muslim world & from Republicans who are blaming all of Syria's problems on Obama & the USA. They also act ATHIS ACTUALLY WILL SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS. Well the joke is on you fools.

      May 18, 2012 at 12:35 am | Reply
    • Proud to be an American

      Death to America?.. Seriously.. if i ever saw your dumbass irl you would be wearing ur ass as a hat.. You all want to blow each other up go for it.. but whats sad is you target children and innocent people.. you call yourselfs warriors of your religion.. we call you cowards.. if you have to run into a group full of innocent people an blow urself up to be a Warrior of your god then your a sad religion i spit on you an all of those who approve of Jihad.. a Cowards way of fighting.

      May 18, 2012 at 2:08 am | Reply
    • Ralph M

      Says the stinky caveman.

      May 18, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • yup

      Assad will die..... and the Americans will sit back day after day and watch you kill each other off as we go about our life. Not much has changed here in the U.S......But you Islamic and your people have seen tens of thousands dead with more on the way, and to be truthful your people are pretty stupid and the only ones to blame, death is not going to save your people it will only haunt them.... hell is going to be so disappointing for you.

      May 18, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
      • Islamic

        Assad will stay in power , and Americans will go to hell . Your presdint is BLACK!

        May 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  4. Richard Wisecarver

    The faiths of nthe worlfd are whar they are ande no more! T simply considered a private matter. If you make your religion public business, you accept criticism as it comes!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  5. Ann

    Excellent article! I am hopeful that this weekend's NATO meetings, will lead to some insight on what to do next. Turkey, is stepping up. We need to, as well. I do not mean war, but we CAN do much more to help.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
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      May 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • Lilis

      There is a perfectly good roasen for sending an automatic confirmation mail from a no-reply mailbox, yet giving a contact email address in the message body: Broken email autoresponders and mistyped email addresses. Yes, you still want your customers to reach you via their preferred communication channel. No, you don't want to spend your days wading through tons of notifications from broken auto-responders, transfer reports and mistyped email addresses.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  6. Folkingtales

    Islamic!!!!!!!!!!!How about you shutup and get off CNN you traitorous trash, you probably live in US or Europe and you still have enough nerve to come here and TROLL your muslim nonsense.

    May 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • byebye

      I wish Islamic would explain to us why religious freedom exists in the U.S. of A. but not in Iran or many other Middle Eastern countries. What are their governments afraid of? The truth?

      May 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
      • concerned citizen

        Another question is would we support a nation of Christians that had state and church togather ?? That enforces the 10 commandments as law ?? As Libya is pursuing and obama is backing ? If Syria falls obamas Muslim brotherhood will be there to take power and instill and enforce sharia law as they are doing in Egypt. If some of the left Americans are so anti religious and pro gay rights then why do so many democrats and liberals support these Muslim nations ?

        May 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
      • Miami11111

        You religious freaks are really funny. Always talking about Christian this, Christian that, but we can all see that you have 0 empathy for human beings. While CIVILIANS are getting slaughtered by Assad, you look for excuses to defend this terrorist. If you were in front of me, id spit on you. Sheesh....

        May 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
      • Richard Wisecarver

        Well we helped in Libya and the goal was to save lives, but people are still being murdered in Libya!!! We had zero knowledge of how Libya works internally so who did we help.

        May 18, 2012 at 12:39 am |
      • concerned citizen

        While some innocent civilians are being slaughtered .... What good is eliminating one monster just to have another fill the void ? Only Muslims fight for thier religion anymore !! Christians of many various sects do not kill or make war as MILLIONS of Muslims do !! Let the Muslims in the middle east fight it out like they have been doing for thousands of years .

        May 18, 2012 at 12:10 am |
      • Miami11111

        Was it the Muslims who invaded Iraq and killed one million civilians? What about the children getting bombed and starving to death in Gaza, are the Muslims the ones killing them? Nope.

        However, some terrorists (like the Iranians) have hijacked the name of Islam and used it to their advantage. You are falling right in their trap.

        May 18, 2012 at 12:16 am |
      • concerned citizen

        I would like to know of moderate Muslim countries that do not have secular violence or sharia law with a thriving economey. The negative view on Muslims I do not believe is limited to iran. The Iraq invasion was buisness not ideological. If there was such a thing as a Islam that did not want to push thier religion by way of the sword. That was content to stay in thier boarders and not press for conquest.

        May 18, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • jtan

      Take it easy. This "Islamic" person is not a muslim. He/She has nothing to do with Islam. A person who supports criminal regimes like Iran and Syria is a criminal and not a muslim, even if he/she calls himself/herself a muslim. To clarify, shiite sect in Iran and Alawite sect in Syria call themselves to be muslims, but they are not.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
      • byebye

        So who are the true Muslims?

        May 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • Miami11111

        You can't generalize Muslims, and that's what you close minded people do not understand. They are more than one billion Muslims. It's like generalizing Chinese people... just because you knew a Chinese guy that was a nice guy, doesn't mean that one billion people are going to be nice to you.

        With that being said, Islamic extremists like the ones in Teheran are pure evil and must be stopped. Assad is a puppet of these islamic terrorists. He must be stopped, whether Israel likes it or not (since they seem pretty reluctant about letting Assad go)

        May 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
      • TRINISYRIAN

        SO,AMERICA AND EUROPEANS SUPPORT THE OPPOSITION WITH ARMS ALSO?THEY CONTINUE TO INTERFERE IN OTHER COUNTRIES AFFAIRS,LIKE CHILE AS A EXAMPLE.THEY ARE COLONIALS UNDER THE DISGUISE OF FREEDOOM AND DE-MOCK-RACY.YOU SYRIANS ARE TRAITORS WHO SUPPORT THEM.I SPIT ON YOU BECAUSE YOU SPIT ON OUR LIBERATORS.WE WILL MAKE SURE WE WILL EXPAND THIS CONFLICT.YOU DECEIVED SYRIAN A$$ HOLES

        May 18, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  7. Islamic

    Plan b = ass of Obama " black ass "!
    Long live Iran and Assad .
    Death to America and Israel .

    May 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • Prince

      OMG! your are such a horrible, wicked person! No wonder why islamicphobia is high n rising in America. May the LORD give u some peace of heart.

      May 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Sage

      Doesn't matter how righteous your cause may be, anyone who wishes death over understanding should just STFU. There's enough negative outlooks out there. So why spread the hate?

      May 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • byebye

      Please consider anger management class. Personally I hope the US stays out (or gets out if already in) Syria's business and lets Syria resolve its own civil war. By the way, America allows for freedom of religion, why not the Middle East?

      May 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
      • Islamic

        Sunni Muslims are agents to America . They lost war ، and Assad has won war in Syria .
        Long live Shia Muslims . Long live Assad and Iran .
        Death to America
        Death to Free Syrian Army " agent to America " .

        May 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • jtan

      You are a criminal and a liar. You are a criminal because you are supporting criminal regimes, Iran and Syria. You are a liar because you claim to be an enemy of America and Israel while in reality you hate the real muslims more. This is the characteristics of Shiites sect in Iran and Alawite sect in Syria.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
      • Miami11111

        I agree. Shiite islamic terrorists are all liars. They collaborated with Israel in the 1980's to try and defeat Iraq. They are all cockroaches. Long live the FSA!!!!

        May 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Miami11111

      Islamic Iranian terrorist, did you forget that your Ayatollahs collaborated with Israel in the 1980's to defeat Iraq? You have very short memory, as I can see. Long live the FSA, death to Iranian islamic terrorists & the pedophile Ayatollahs!!!

      May 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • K_Daraa

      This civil war in Syria is none of America's business. Until the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the United States, and international community never overtly interfered in internal conflicts of other nations. So yet again, as in Libya and Egypt, the US choses to side with takfiri Sunni extremists against Christian, Shi'ite Muslim, Druze, Isma'ili Muslim, Alawite Muslim, and other minorities. Syria got to where it is today because Sunni Muslims murdered thousands of Alawite Shi'ite Muslim minorities half a century ago. The Alawites finally got sick of it, and seized power in the country. Were the regimes of Hafiz or Bashar Asad over the past 40 years good. No. Were they better for minorities than takfiri talibanesque Sunni extremists. Absolutely! Our administration is right to stand back from this. We do not need to expend any more of America's national treasure installing another Al Qa'ida power in the world's crossroads.

      May 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
      • Miami11111

        Hahaha, give me a break. You, American? Yeah, right. You're about as American as an Iranian terrorist can get. No average American would know about the stuff you're talking about. You're just an islamic iranian terrorist, planning to kill more Syrians, and blaming everything on fictitious enemies. Don't worry, cowards. The Syrians won't forget about you after Assad will be gone.

        May 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
      • Richard Wisecarver

        As I said, here in the USA the whole situation in Syria it is way too complex and there are way too many unknowns for us to get involved with internal Syrian affdairs. I know a great deal morw about Middle Eastern politics but not enough to even judge the situation in Syria.

        May 18, 2012 at 12:25 am |
  8. jim

    It amazes me how many people just bitch and complain on here. STFU.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  9. Bobby

    Once again for all to consume - we will NOT get involved in this as it is NONE of our business.Besides- Russia & China are handling this one. God is great ;-)

    May 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Miami11111

      You libs are happy when people get killed by dictators and iranian islamists. shame on you.

      May 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  10. Islamic

    Plan b = 0
    Plan c = 0
    Plan d = 0

    Because u.a now is very weak!
    Poor Americans!
    Long live Iran and Assad .

    May 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • Ask the Question

      If the US and European manipulators stayed out of these uprisings there would be very few and they would last for only a short time, and we would have more peace and less death. The intervention of the US in the middle east has brought death to hundreds of thousands and lead to instability.

      Western interventions provision of arms communication monies and supplies throughout the Arab Spring have encouraged more and more to rise up against their govts. Only naive people think that democracy can work in the middle east, democracy will lead to the extermination of all the minorities in the middle east/North Africa. Sunni Islamists are not tolerant of others and will end up wipping every one else out.

      The few thousand that the govts in these countries have killed themselves pails into insignificance to the number that are killed once the leader is gone. The reason that hard dictators exist in these countries are because that is the only stable form of govt for the mentality of many people who live in those countries.

      Look at Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt they are in more chaos now than ever before, the only countries in the middle east that are performing well are those with strong ruthless leaders. It would seem the west do not want strong countries in that region and therefore do whatever they can to promote mischief. Only a naive gullible sheep like person would believe the US wants peace in the middle east.

      July 29, 2012 at 5:13 am | Reply
      • Richard Wisecarver

        Why is the mess is Syria our problem? Both sides are blaming us for all the deaths-no matter what we do we are wrong. So let these adults continue this horror as they choose. The end will be death & poverty. Blame us will not change the outcome. Fools!

        July 29, 2012 at 5:21 am |
  11. G. Markus

    Duck in Obama! Its election year, good to shy away from your responsibilities. Perhaps the world doesn't need the leadership of a super power? Russia and China, the greatest hypocrites on earth have sold us. WHAT EVER HAPPENS TO THE MILK OF HUMAN COMPASSION?

    May 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • TRINISYRIAN

      ask,bush,bumsfeld and cheny

      May 18, 2012 at 8:38 am | Reply
  12. Ben

    Why is the media not reporting that there is already significant infighting occurring between the various "opposition" forces? I guess since they will not report on the current civil war occurring in Libya due to the power vacuum left by Obama when he flushed out Quadaffhi for the rebels so he could be murdered and tortured in the street, why should they report this.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Aditya

      I'm not sure how that's better than noprely + contact us here. In fact, I would argue it's worse because it forces the author to go through a bunch of steps to resend the email (or forward it and inevitably not remove the header). Why not say Contact us here! so the user can click the link and BAM. Channel Open.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
  13. bla

    The real plan should be to not interfere in any way.

    It's the middle east. Doing anything there is a surefire way to make enemies.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  14. downwithzionists

    your fear-and-war-mongering days are numbered, you zionists.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • Ben

      I am a proud non-Jewish zionist. My only regret is that there are not more well-educated, Western-minded, democracy-loving Jews to occupy more land in the Mideast from the 12th century-thinking, hateful, locals...

      May 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
      • Miami11111

        What an ignorant & racist comment. You're far from educated.

        May 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
      • TRINISYRIAN

        DE-MOCK-CRATIC HYPOCRIE COLONIAL PIG.HAVENT YOU MURDERED ENOUGH NATIVE INDIANS AND STOLE THEIR LAND.BRITAN MURDERED AFRICANS AND ABORIGENES BY THE MILLIONS AND STOLE THEIR LAND AND WEALTH.DO YOU THINK WE WILL ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN TO US.CONVERTED ZIONIST PIG AND SCUM YOU ARE

        May 18, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • joe

      yea, because muslims aren't guilty of hatred, fear mongering, terror, death, and war. Kill yourself – but try doing it without a bomb strapped on your chest next to a school. see you all in hell.

      May 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  15. Islamic

    Sunni in syria are agents to America and Israel . Death to America and Israel . Long live to Iran and bashar assad .
    Iran will attack Israel soon .

    May 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • Miami11111

      Bashar = Israeli agent. Down with the Ayatollah pigs!! Long live Saddam!!

      May 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • Islamic

        Bashar is enemy of Israel and u.s.
        Saddam killed by Shia . Death to America and Israel .

        May 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
      • Miami11111

        You islamists are all Israeli friends. Stop lying! Death to Bashar & Ayatollahs.

        May 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • Miami11111

        Yes, they got Saddam with the help of Israeli agents, you islamic hypocrite.

        May 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  16. John-Emmanuel Shirajian

    I think we have enough Islamist governments in the Middle East. One is more retarded than the other. In their core all are anti-western and anti-democratic. All are based on dogma from the late bronze age. Can anybody expalin to me why we should waste our resources to establish another such regime.
    As for Turkey that wants US support to attack Syria the answer should be No. Turkey has to show us first that it can solve the Kurdish problem in a just and peacfully manner before it decides what is going to happen to it's southern neighbor. Turhish resources should be directed to the improvished southern eastern region and compensating the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  17. Wag the Dog

    Obama needs another military action to look "presidential." Then he can gloat to the media how the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors are working on "MY behalf" like he said in Afghanistan last we.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • bla

      But will he be flown in by a fighter jet onto an aircraft carrier to give the speech?

      May 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  18. Kelsey

    It's obvious they need more help than there getting.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Ask the Question

      What people fail to see or what is largely not reported by western media is that the Syrian Govt is made up of minorities but the greatest wealth is in the hands of some Sunni's who are the majority. Why is there not overwhelming uprising by the majority of the population, why are they not all out in the streets with their FSA the answer is because they know it will be worse than what is there now.

      By supporting the FSA the west is supporting a war on Christian minorities.

      July 29, 2012 at 5:25 am | Reply
      • Richard Wisecarver

        Who cares! It is Syrian business! Deal with it. Religion has no positive role in business or politics. Lot of people seem to exprct to fix the problems of Syria. Fix your own problems. Act like adults-reach some kind of compromise. We have no friends in the East including Israel. Any money spent on either side by the USA was wasted money!!!!

        July 29, 2012 at 6:54 am |
  19. dd

    Even God doesn't know what Obama is doing.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • God's child

      oh he does, but we are just waiting for the earth to run its course, when all is bleak and lost, when all seems trivial, hence tribulation , then he will step in, and even then you say there is no one to save us. Never fear, even if all were wiped off the face of the earth, do you think that could ever happen?, maybe but then the earth would be rid of this malicious plague we call men, but if not well thank the Lord we still live and if we are in more chaos, let me tell you, whatever action is taken, either of it is going this direction, just wait for the time to come, and pray, pray for your loved ones, your family, yourself, nothing you do can humanly, could change the world, but having hope, faith and love will help you prevail in times of chaos.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • byebye

      Correction, God knows all but what God approves of is a fascinating question.

      May 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  20. jr

    Why does the U.S. need to have a 'Plan B' or always be involved in some other countries' affairs? The U.S. isn't wanted in that region of the world anyway. We have too many of our own problems to take care of than to always worry about what everyone else is doing. The U.S. needs to stay out of it and let other countries take responsibility for a change.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:46 am | Reply
    • Brian Kourdou

      Yap exactly. We dont need a plan B. Let them just waste their oil and after that's done, we will hopefully never see or hear from them again.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • herrer

      You took the words right out of my mouth why is it that the US needs to be the problem solver. Why not let China or Russia deal with it they are the countries that have interest in that country. The other nations have concerns about syria but this type of thing is also going on in african countries and no one seems to care. So what makes syria so special. Let the middle east tace care of the middle east.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      We are in this part of the world to fulfill the prophesies of Isaiah, specifically 17:1. If the fundamentalist christians get their way Damascus will burn to the ground to make way for the return of the Messiah, which is ironically what the Muslims want as well.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
      • God's child

        Amen to the chaos, it is coming, so many are blind and think this has been going on for centuries, this is just coincidence, but let me tell you, before we didn't have technology or mass destructive weapons, before we were just on iron and steel and horses, but it has come to the point, things like facebook, internet can unify the world, but at the same time think about it, you spend so much time in a computer, phone, etc, no more is joy just simple and plain, but more complex, people want this more or that, no longer is the outdoors seen as fun ,but instead our generations are growing to depend on technology, imagine if in the future an EMP wiped out the futuristic cities relying on technology lol i bet half the population would panic, personally we have come far and are going farther and so lets just see were it goes, remember we don't control this world, only God does if you believe in such, if not also have in mind who controls the money, which is what causes all this trouble in the first place.

        May 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
      • TRINISYRIAN

        ANOTHER STUPID HAL LINDSEY CONVERT.ISA 17 WAS FULFILLED ALREADY.DAMASCUS HAS WORLD HISTORY.IS IT CONVENIENT FOR YOU THAT ALL THE OTHER PROPHECIES WERE FULFILLED IN 700S BC EXCEPT THIS ONE?YOU SHOULD WORRY ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO HOMO WORLD,LOST LAS VEGAS WHERE YOU DIVORCE AS BUYING A BUS TICKET,WORLD TRANSEXUAL CENTRE IN COLORADO,ADULTEROUS HOLLYWOOD.SCOM CITY NEW YORK.THEY WILL BE DESTROYED FIRST.ASK HAL IF HE MARRIED HIS 4 WIVES IN HOLLYWOOD AND DIVORCED THEM IN LAS VEGAS.STUPID

        May 18, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  21. stopthelunacy

    Plan B? Howabout just letting them kill each other off? Who cares about what happens there.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
    • Steve

      That would be perfect.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  22. david armstrong

    The U.S plan is to keep the situation going for as long as possible to make sure that Syria is too weak and can not cause any threat to Israel for the next 50 years. The policy makers inside all the U.S departments are pro Israel people and most likely they have Israeli citizenship.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply
  23. David

    Yes. The plan is to NEVER stop intevening with other counties business.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
    • JackH

      Didn't we already try to help the Arabs in Iraq? Didn't these same Syrians and all the other Arabs send men and money there to kill Americans? Didn't they say it was the duty of Muslims to kill Americans? Let them pay with their own blood for their own freedom. After four thousand American dead and thousands more wounded trying to give them frredom, we can sit this one out.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  24. james

    Iraq war decimated once prosperous Christian community in Iraq. The same thing is going to happen for the Christians in Syria. Are we stupid to overthrow Assad and bring an Islamic regime?

    May 17, 2012 at 8:12 am | Reply
    • TRINISYRIAN

      YOU ARE A WISE GUY

      May 18, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  25. Not Our Problem

    I have seen this movie before...Country on brink of Civil War, USA chooses to back rebels, rebels win, rebels turn out to be worse than the prior leaders...THEN, 5-10-15 years later hit "repeat" button. We never learn...

    May 17, 2012 at 8:12 am | Reply
    • Lee

      I assume you are talking about the U.S. involvement with the Taliban in Afganistan when the Soviet Union invaded. Since what you suggest is no even close to what really occured I assume you have no idea of the true history there.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
  26. Ben

    Mr. President, to have a plan B, you must first have a plan A

    May 17, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      This administration does have a plan A! At the onset of this conflict the Obama administration came out and condemned the violent crackdown and President Obama made it clear that Assad has lost his legitimacy to lead the Syrian people and he must step down! Furthermore, the United States has already voted on resolution for intervention but Russia and China has stalled progress by vetoing UN resolution to condemn the Syrian government crackdown on its people! And by the way, there's also plan B too! A few months ago, the Obama administratin has had the Pentagon and the US military advisers devise a blueprint for military, transitional and humanitarian implementation should Russia and China were to get on board and in the event the UN gives the green light for a go! Right now, its just a waiting game! But like all dictators and tyrants, their days are always numbered!

      May 17, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
      • David

        Awesome planning. Words, and blueprints, and transitional and humanitarian implementation based on whatifs.

        Sounds like one heck of a plan to me.

        Actually, in my opinion, it's MORe than they should have done. Even though that's not MUCH of a plan.

        May 17, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  27. Bob B

    We need a plan for the US. Let some other counrties be the cop on the block.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:52 am | Reply
  28. cigarman

    The United States needs to stay out of the Middle East. Those folks have been killing each other since there existence. Let them continue there own pattern of killing each other. The United States cannot afford to spend one nickel on these nuts. What the United States should be focusing on is the Mexican and the Canadian borders. The illegals are planning on taking over the Unitede States without firing a shot, and they are succeeding due to our weak-kneed politicians on both sides. The are just in Politics to see which ones can make the most money for themselves. The Poiticians of today do not care about the Middle Class or the Poor. All of you out there who are screaming to go to war in Syria, I would expect all of you to go to your nearest induction center and sign up, and that includes that Nutcase John McCain, the Warmonger.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
    • God's child

      Are you serious lol, first of all no they don't care for you, instead of going for other governments, they don't realize they have a country behind going in chaos, second, Canada? you mean they would defeat the almighty american military which is invested so heavily by tax payers, oh and also heard of the Mexican corrupt government and its cartels killing each other?, the economy is crap i been to mexico, they only get 700 a week in pesos thats like 60 dollars, lol tell me if they will afford weapons, third lol mexican teachers are on strike students wouldnt learn crap to attack the USA, so let me see Mexico might go on a civil war if anything, cartels have the power and money to move weapons but they care more for money and have no compassion, death toll 50000+ in mexico in drug wars, mexican politicians have been mutilated have scaped to USA for exile and protection, so lol i know cus i grew up there and my people only carry machetes, compared to your average Joe which in NYC they carry ,48 if anything off the black market idk who would win but let me tell you, people are starving, in poverty working the land to eat if anything, so umm idk if your right, as well the Mexican government doesn't use cops (news watching Mexican cops get blows to pieces by cartels hgiher mighty arsenal of weapons, also research US fast and furious action, giving cartels high caliber weapons to track them, and they lost the weapons) anymore they use military force to fight these cartels cus they have .50 cals O.o need anymore info? just go look and research it all. Oh btw, right now in the US we are having a corporation vs people movement, umm church vs gay etc, obama and romney , umm education going down, employment going down, technology replacing people, but oh no we care more for ipods etc.

      May 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  29. rojopa

    How about just stay the h e ll out of Syria! If those a r abs want to kill themselves then why should we intervene?

    May 17, 2012 at 7:14 am | Reply
    • byebye

      I hope there is peace (at some point) in Syria. However, I fully concur that the great U.S. of A. needs to stay out of and far away from Syria. Syria can fight their own civil war with whoever want to join as long as the great U.S. of A. stays far away. Let some other foreign nations experience the hate if they want to intervene.

      May 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  30. Saoirse72

    The answer is a simple NO. The US did not even have a plan A. Obama was caught with his pants around his ankles on this one. This do nothing attitude might work....but I am sure the number of lives lost will be calculated against any success that Obama might have in the future. History will know him for his lack of resolve.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:25 am | Reply
    • FRED FLINTSTONE

      I can't believe that you would want us to get involved in another mid-east war. Don't you think we have sacrificed enough for this area already ?

      May 17, 2012 at 6:56 am | Reply
      • Saoirse72

        We are already involved.....we are supporting Turkey....holding them back if you will. There is some support for the rebels but not much. From the reports I have read Assad is doing some pretty bad stuff.....if it wasn't true he would not have so many people leaving from the military. We don't have to put boots on the ground...but we could be more active in pressuring the regime to change, by pressuring their neighbors and arms suppliers. Obama is not even doing that. We don't have to be directly involved in their civil war....but we could at least try and influence its outcome a bit more.

        May 17, 2012 at 7:10 am |
    • Jonathan

      No we are not involved. Who cares about diplomatic gestures and what not. Just because we are "holding" Turkey back as you say doesn't mean we midaswell go a step further and put boots on the ground for another country that doesn't want us there. Let them solve their OWN problems. You might be surprised how well things turn out down the road when you just let things play out. We can interfering with all these conflicts across the world like it actually matters what the U.S. thinks in the big picture.

      May 17, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply
      • Saoirse72

        Apparently you are not fully aware of our support in that region. I am not going to into details but sir you need to get outside your box before you call someone delusional. You just don't get it...you don't understand geo-politics. I am not going waste my time. If you want to know what kind of support the US is giving the rebels you need to have connections....which I doubt you have...to that information.

        May 17, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      You're a delusional inconpetent irrational idiot! Like domestic legislation that need the support of congress to become law or policy, President Obama has to obtain the unilateral support of the United Nations and the international community to intervene in Syria! Without a UN resolution for intervention, the Obama administration has to respect international law and wait until all are on board! Furthermore, even if President Obama was to violate international law and intervene militarily in Syria without international support, the republicans in congress would call for his impeachment like they did during the Libyan crisis! Remember the gop's response when we intervened in Libya with a legallly mandated UN resolution and the support of the international community? First the republicans accused President Obama of dragging his feet and doing nothing to help the people of Libya being slaughtered by Moammar Ghadaffi! But when the President intervened with international support, the gop did a classic Mitt Romney etch-a-sketch, flip flopping and accusing the President of rushing to war! Then without shame, they had the odacity to ask what was the mission and end game! But what was the mission and end game in Iraq and Afghanistan? A decade later we are still fighting in Afghanistan to no avail and it ws President Obama who had to define the end game in Iraq by bringing that senseless illegitimate war to and end! Have you notice that the sky aint green? Well, why don't you blame Obama for that too? Rightwing morons!

      May 17, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
      • Saoirse72

        Do you even have a clue what I was talking about.....I said no boots on the ground....there are other ways to pressure Assad. The problem with you die hard Obama supporters is you cannot see history through the forest of bubblegum and candy canes you all live in. Do you know who assisted in the US civil war? War of Independence? There are ways to help a country without getting to entangled. Seriously, you cannot be a Democrat...they have hearts....do you know how many people have died in Syria fighting this sick man. I guess you don't care what they have been doing to the family members of people who have challenged their authority. You need to grow up and go outside of the US....to see how the world is not all piss and giggles.

        May 17, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • mardjan

      I agree, that is one place we don't need to waste our money.

      May 17, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
  31. toddwarnick

    While the U.S. dilly-dallies with indecision in Syria, "leading from behind" again, Hezbollah and Iran are directly involved, helping the Assad killing machine.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:15 am | Reply
    • Not Our Problem

      And there are hundreds of countries not 7500 miles away that can jump in anytime they see fit. We are not the world police.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:09 am | Reply
    • Not the World Po Po

      Todd – Feel free to hop a flight to Syria and help out if you are that concerned. They have an Arab League to figure out Muslim issues on that side of the world. So far, the US has not made many friends in the Arab world by sticking our nose into their affairs.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • FRED FLINTSTONE

      You want us to support another dictator, or the rebels, who have shown to be AlQuida and other terrorist groups. I think this is one instance out of many we should stay out of because either one we support, is wrong.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
  32. RickV

    Anyone who supports the rebels, supports the 9-1-1 pilots, they are cut from the same cloth. McCain is now a traitor.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:05 am | Reply
    • THEY ARE NOT REBELS

      The rebel fighters that are in Syria are backed by just about every terrorist group around that area. They want an entire Islamic ran mid-east. It might have started out as a legitimate conflict, but there are other forces involved now.

      May 17, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
  33. concerned citizen

    How is it a story like this does not even make it to cnn front page ? The terrorists is NOT A IRAQI CITIZEN!! THEREFORE THE EXCUSE THE OBAMA ADMIN HAD TO TURN HIM OVER IS INCORRECT !!! Vote no more lies no obama !! WHY WOULD OBAMA ADMIN WANT TO SAVE THIS MAN ? http://www.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=1494856.proteus.fma

    May 17, 2012 at 3:58 am | Reply
  34. Albuquerque, Turkey

    Did we have a plan A? Thats my question and what was it because I wasn't in on it.

    May 17, 2012 at 3:13 am | Reply
  35. Richard Wisecarver

    Why are we driven to fix everyon's problems. If we need to fix things, we have plenty of things to fix here in the USA. Republicans seem more interested in fixing everybody else's problems at the point of a gun thant repairing our own nation. How about replacing the restraints on the financial market. These boobs are even losing their own money now. These restraints were placed on the financial market after the crash of 1929. And they were removed and shock! It happened again. Shock again!!!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
  36. Islamic

    There is 100000 iranian troops in Syria . Aftar Assad win ، we will attack Israel .
    Plan b of u.s is nothing!
    U.s now is very weak!

    May 17, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
    • Pedro

      That sounds pretty interesting if it's true. 100, 000 Iranian troops versus 1,000,000,000millions of Sunni Syrians.
      They'd better return before they are tourched as Iranian mercenaries.
      Sunnis will unite with Israel before Shia twelvers [Iran] and Alwai [Syria]
      Syria will cut Iran's hegemony completely .Iran will haven conduit to the mediterranean past Iraq. Western Iraq has animous toward Iran Shia
      Iranian couldn't pass Baghdad alone without Sunni insurgents in Iraq/al Qaeda annihilating them in transit at
      all costs.
      Hezbollah has no means in receiving Iranian weapons. Seyyed Nassrallah has sided with the Assad regime, thus lost all credibility from Sunnis that it received in the 2006 resistance on israel. Alawate Shia in Syria are very friendly and share their community in with Christians Syria. That's pretty remarkable.
      Iran Shia twelvers despise Christians
      Sunni in Lebanon are vice versa with their Christian brothers.
      Christians should be protected through dialogue between the extreme Sunni of Syria[who will soon have conquered the al – Assad regime] and aren't Christian friendlly traditionally with their Lebanese kin who cohabitate in peace with their christians respectively. This will give assurances leading to Christians dissententing from Assad.
      Azerbaijan has israeli bombers ready for Iran. Israel is using soviet-Era abandoned bases for a stage.
      Iran's new ally for proxy is Armenia due to armenia's animosity towards turkey and Azerbaijan. Turkey and Azerbaijan are Iran's to newest antagonists. Sunni Turkey, ready at any moment to attack Assad and Azerbaijan that is so broke , that it will take money from the Jews to start a war with unknown consequences. Sunnis will not back Iran.
      Let's hope that an extremist new Syria can be inclusive. Most importantly a sunni iron curtain/ firewall for Iran

      This is real stuff. You only here it
      simply on our selective news.
      The news is state-run as long as the US democrat regime is in control
      Republicans never have had a fair shot with most of these social activists inciting and encouraging the OWS terriost/armed gangs.
      Safe-Havens had to be set up due to all the assaults, defecatiang and trashing of businesses. Owsers,
      That's terrorism.

      May 17, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
      • Islamic

        I repeat ، u.s must stay out . Sunni in Syria lost war ، Assad won . We will attack Israel by 100,000 Iranian troops . we will take golan of Israel . Now Iran number one in
        Me . Sunni in Syria are agents to
        U.s and Israel . Death to America and Israel . Death to Sunni in syria.

        May 17, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • Miami11111

        Islamic terrorists such as yourself should shut up. Assad will lose whether you islamic terrorists in Teheran like or not. Or whether your friends in Israel like it or not!

        May 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  37. Folkingtales

    Well good to see that most people here lack the desire to "intervene" in Syria. Now we just need to get the same results on the "preempitive strike on iran" issue.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:51 am | Reply
  38. Prince

    Obama passiveness on this issue shows his weakness in leadership both at his backyard and intl front. He is better at being a celebrity but lesser as a leader for great America. VOTE MITTENS 2012!

    May 17, 2012 at 1:45 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      A-hole!

      May 17, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply
  39. Prince

    @abbas, r u calling ur moms, sis, bros, n grandpa terrorists? cause these r the people the Alsaad regime calls terrorists... 'DUMPY DONKEY' Wake up!

    May 17, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
  40. Richard Wisecarver

    Plan B???? Why let the Syrians fight their own battles. In our ignorance of the situation on the ground, all we can do is kil the wrong people and create vengeful enemies. Let the Iranians and Assad be trhe bad guys. This war will only get worse and bog down the aticipants for years and then the winners will fight each other over what is left. Drop food and meds not bombs. There will be no winners in this war and we can only make it worse. The Soviets intervened in Afghanistan to bring peace and stability and look at the results.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      War is profitable, and without it we would be speaking British English. Crikey.

      May 17, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
  41. Prince

    Wow, I'm supprise to see how poorly Americans write grammer. These comments are with unaceptable grammatic errors. I wonder how your sch. diplomas were earned. Maybe you should have an alternative to english for your first language. Get off the sofa and do some learning!!

    May 17, 2012 at 12:51 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      L2 English cuz u suk.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
    • WOW

      supprise huh?? and unaceptable maybe you should pick up a dictionary pal!!!

      May 17, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply
      • Prince

        Three months ago that word was given an exception with certain usage so u're wrong if u think another 'c' is needed. Keep to date pal!!

        May 17, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  42. Abbas

    Wow! So amazing, they are arming terrorists (so called rebels) in Syria and on other hand climing the U.N mandate is going to fail. So pathetic you people are. May God take care of you.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      Both Muslims and Christians want to fight to the death until Jesus comes back. L2 Messiah, or wikipedia it and look at the different viewpoints. The world is a stage, and this is what's showing, "The End".

      May 17, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
    • Prince

      are u saying your mothers, bros, sis, n grandpa are terrorists? cause these are the ppl the Alsaad regime is killing.. 'dumpy donkey' open ur eyes!

      May 17, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
  43. government cheese

    Waiting game?

    May 17, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
  44. ExPAVic

    Plan B for Syria

    Pres. Assad already has a bullseye painted on his back just ready for the next available drone.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
    • Dan W

      Neither side wants this conflict to end.

      May 17, 2012 at 1:00 am | Reply
  45. Mick68

    Easily the most incompetent administration to ever darken the White House corridors.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • ExPAVic

      What?

      Another Republican who can't read? Don't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove they have already dumbed down the American Taliban Party (Republicans).

      May 17, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • mickreply

      I love your reply, you managed to say something stupid and edge racism in. you are quite witty, I think stewie would have a field day with you

      May 17, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
    • Miami11111

      I agree! This administration is leading from behind and letting Assad do whatever he wants to. This admin is a joke to the international community, no balls whatsoever.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  46. terrell m

    sure we have a plan b... let the arab league handle something for once.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
    • DAVID KAPLAN

      They did try. And then ran for cover.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply
  47. Geoff

    Anybody see the movie Office Space? What should we do about Syria? We should do nothing...

    May 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  48. Socrates

    You better have a plan B because you open the door to Al Qaida already, dummies.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  49. ruknutts

    why would the USA get involved in Syria? Well its because the USA will not tolerate this butcher killing women and children.
    Thats what the USA stands for, other countries talk a lot but have no balls, Russia and China have small balls, be proud to be American because the USA stands behind innocents who cant help themselves and who are getting slaughtered everyday by a butcher, one life is worth more than money.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • ruck reply

      What are you smoking friend? The US gets involved in WHAT issues? i appreciate good satire, i really do, but come on, this is to close to what it should be like, people may not recognize it as such. the US gets involved in issues that effect the bottom line, jeez dude we just now in 2012 passed the violence against women act.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
    • TRINISYRIAN

      Thats what america ,s BUSH BUMSFELD AND CHENY did in iraq.GO CONVERT THEM FIRST

      May 18, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
  50. T0m

    Let's save all the muslims. That way 2 months later they can burn our flag and chant "death to America."

    May 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  51. scrappy lil midget

    I say send some our advanced weapons to Israel, and let them take care of business in the middle east. They could go in and whip Irans butt, then bomb the syrian hierarchy into submission. Case closed.

    May 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  52. Jake Steedman

    Everyone should let Syria be. As foretold in the bible (Isaiah 17) Syria will be a ruined city. No man can stop Jehovah God will.

    May 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  53. FIGHT CLINTON

    BUTT OUT OF SYRIAN INTERNAL AFFAIRS! THE US MUST NOT HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON SYRIA! LET SYRIA REMAIN FREE FROM WESTERN INFLUENCE!
    BUTT OUT OF SYRIAN INTERNAL AFFAIRS! THE US MUST NOT HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON SYRIA! LET SYRIA REMAIN FREE FROM WESTERN INFLUENCE!
    BUTT OUT OF SYRIAN INTERNAL AFFAIRS! THE US MUST NOT HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON SYRIA! LET SYRIA REMAIN FREE FROM WESTERN INFLUENCE!
    BUTT OUT OF SYRIAN INTERNAL AFFAIRS! THE US MUST NOT HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON SYRIA! LET SYRIA REMAIN FREE FROM WESTERN INFLUENCE!
    BUTT OUT OF SYRIAN INTERNAL AFFAIRS! THE US MUST NOT HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON SYRIA! LET SYRIA REMAIN FREE FROM WESTERN INFLUENCE!

    May 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
    • Mick68

      Who do you think started it genius? Get out of what we started in the first place, you obviously don't have a clue.

      May 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
    • Dan W

      I am Locutus of the Borg, resistance is futile.

      May 17, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
  54. Ryann

    ProphetsarepeoplewhomGod/YehwehusestodeclareHiswilltothenations.

    May 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  55. J

    Plan B is send in the Marines and the Rangers, then leave. NO nation building, just some good old fashioned whoop ass.

    May 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Miclovin

      Agreed send the Marines and Rangers and have them kick A SS

      May 17, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
  56. Mandor

    Plan B = Plan A = sorry, we're broke. If sanctions don't work, it sucks to be you but we're overextended. Hopefully you can convince your more nearby neighbors to do something, as they have a much larger stake if it turns into massive waves of refugees fleeing the country.

    As far as John McCain saying we need to arm them so that they can have a fair fight... I'm trying to still hold some respect for you Johnie but you're making it hard. Any honest military commander will tell you they NEVER want a fair fight... they want a lopsided win, to keep their own casualties as low as can be.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • hez316

      There was a Plan A?

      May 17, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
  57. wavejump1100

    i think the USA wants syria to be in chaos in order to help efforts against iran. in fact i wouldn't be surprised if this syrian uprising wasnt a clandestine US operation.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  58. Cheese Wonton

    Let the Syrians bleed like the Lebanese. No nation is more deserving.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • Cheesie reply

      When you say nation, do you mean the leadership (<1%) or the citizens (over 99%). Sometimes I think we as Americans dont grasp the big picture

      May 17, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
  59. ozilot

    Why should the U.S. have a plan B for Syria?

    Can't we for once let the world shoulder the burden of stopping dictators from killing their own people.

    Let Russia and China put boots on the ground to enforce peace, or let the Arabs do it.

    But just this one time, let the U.S. stay out of it!

    May 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Alison

      Take a good hard look at some of these 'dictators' and see who put them in power in the ofrst place. Perhaps plan A should have been to stop trying to manipulate other countries politics.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
  60. Dante6

    What was Plan A? Nobody in the Obama administration knows? So I guess a Plan B would be appropriate – Does anyone in the Obama administration know what this plan is? Not likely.

    May 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • Plan B

      Plan B is to kick China and Russia out of the UN. Label them rogue states. Form massive military alliances against them and blockade them from the free world's internet. They will give in. They have nothing. They produce nothing that isn't created somewhere else first.

      May 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
      • Allan

        Typical American response. Let's start a war somewhere. Moron!

        May 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  61. Dan W

    Well if they stop Damascus from being burned to the ground Jesus can't come back. (Isaiah 17:1)

    May 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  62. baldwin4884

    I would be that Syria has something to do with the bombing of the Marine barracks, so why should we do anything?

    Let the Arabs figure it out.

    May 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  63. mmanr1918

    what a play the two super power have their own brownnose and the more curious each brownnose hate each to another one , russian with their Syrian bodies and the american with their american jews and israeli jews , the U.S. have a big dilemma the jews of israel have under brutal oppression with their SSoldier to the palestinian people, and the U.S. know that but the israeli don't care the excuse for that cruel oppression are called security, the russian know the Syrian don't care of the human wright and are murder their own people, it is not easy solution both brownnose have the biggest nose and for sure make a very good job to the each super power.

    May 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • sawolf

      So why are you breathing?

      May 17, 2012 at 12:30 am | Reply
  64. Bill

    Of course the peace plans and interventions are going to fail! This is nothing more than a big internal strugle among Alawites, Sunni and Shia muslims who have been at this stuff for centuries. The US plan "A" needs to be keep them at arms length...plan "B" needs to be keep the whole mess at TWO arms length! There is no solution to this endless bickering among primitive religious and tribal factions...period!

    May 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • bolock

      the Sunni are our enemies in IRAQ, how could they become our friends in Syria, the less the U,S, gets involved in this religious batlle between different group the better the off we are,

      May 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  65. beforus

    Sure why is it that everytime one country or another has issues America has to stick its big fat nose into other peoples issues. It is on the other side of the planet. Let Russia and China or the Arab league care and spent their money on these issues. Not the american taxpayer. The only country in the world that has hundreds of bases on other countries soil. Stop the madness and stay out for once.

    May 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • Hmm

      I am assuming you are not American, and if you are well, freedom of speech an all to you. the reason we have bases all around the work is so we can respond to threat all around the world. this includes helping other governments who are not as wealth as we are with both humanitarian and military aide. it is to deter other strong countries from attacking smaller allies. Finally, all the countries we are allow us to stay because of the benefits they get i.e free security to some extent. you also must realize that for the most part these bases are or act as our embassies abroad.

      May 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
      • the truth

        1ST OF ALL,WHO GAVE US THE AUTHORITY TO ACT LIKE THE COP OF THIS PLANET ? AND 2ND OF ALL , IF PEOPLE LIKE YOU AGREE WITH OUR GOVERNMENT TO WASTE TAX PAYERS MONEY OVERSEAS THEN WHY YOU DON'T JUST ZIP IT EVERY TIME THE GOVERNMENT RAISES YOUR TAXES ? WE NEED ALL THAT MONEY THAT THEY USE TO SUPPORT A REBEL BACK HOME,period.

        May 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
      • really.

        We seem to be upset. Firstly i agree with our governments policy to some extent because i work for our government. My job is to bring hope our fellow citizens who are have found themselves in a bit of trouble. without the support of our military bases I would have to rely on other countries which are MOSTLY corrupt. i know i have paid off more than a few ministers and generals. Secondly the safety of Americans is not a WASTE OF TAX PAYER MONEY. we are the ONLY country that will go and extract our CITIZENS no other country does this. I know because they always call us. We PROTECT our citizens at ALL cost. if a citizens ends up at anyone of our bases an shows ID the host country cannot forcibly get that person. Thirdly, have you actually read the tax code. i got through about 900 pages of it and guess what, it out legislators have made it profitable for a business to send jobs abroad, and it LEGAL for a select few citizens to avoid paying taxes. Do you realize that our legislative branch was willing to shut down the government over a 2% tax increase on people making more than 240K and who are paying less than 25% in taxes. Before your all rightness understand that who ever you vote for is accountable to you and if they vote on a bill you dont like YOU have the right to not elect them again. Lets face it, if that money were returned to the US, you will NEVER see it. Finally, if you EVERY travel and get into trouble, DON't CALL the State Department, and DON"T run to the nearest US BASE because by your logic, these are a waste of MONEY.

        May 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  66. thermion7

    Waiting is a legitimate plan of action.
    Kind of like a referee in a MMF fight. There seems to be little agreement on what it is we ought to be doing, and plenty of criticism regardless of the plan.

    May 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • Why

      Yes i agree. why is it now our problem? isnt there an Arab league for this sort of thing? and if we do get involved, are we sending troops. and really who is the opposition? if we get involved and remove the current government, who do we elect to replace it. all the eligible people belong to the last regime and we cant say all members of the old regime cant run for office.

      May 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  67. guest

    I think our Rwanda strategy in the 90s worked out well for the U.S. Why not keep the same plan we are implementing.

    May 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  68. Angela

    YES we do but first kick out the rebels and stop fighting. how many innocent people rebels are killing so stop killing and obay the government peacefully

    May 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  69. wrm

    Was unaware there was a plan A.

    May 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  70. Josh

    Plan B should be the same as Plan A should be.... It isn't our business. Stop sticking our nose where it doesn't belong before it gets cut off.

    May 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • Dr Zeus

      Let Russia be the next Kofi Annan.

      May 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Dr Zeus

      If Obama's passivity results in Al Qaeda in a full scale insurgency against Assad, will the West be rooting for Al Qaeda or Assad? How will that make Obama look?

      May 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  71. Mr. Steinburg

    HOW DARE AMERICA NOT GO INTO SYRIA AND BRING DEMOCRACY TO IT!

    I am offended, as an Israeli, that America hasn't yet intervened. It's their job to follow through to the orders of our lob...err I mean humanitarians

    May 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • saratee

      The important question is, does Syria have oil??????? if so, why the hell have we not invaded it already?

      May 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  72. Ray

    Nations that don't give a damn about Syria is being smart.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  73. Andrey

    There is and always was only one plan: to keep the conflict going for as long as possible weakening both sides: unfriendly Syrian regime and aggressive Islamic fundamentalists and terrorist groups opposing each other in this fight.
    Russian position only helps providing a third part which could be blamed for apparent inaction – how convenient!
    So who needs plan B if plan A works just perfectly! All this CNN reporting is nothing more than informational cover-up! It is easy to see how it swings making sure that both sides in the conflict get their fair share of damage and none commands any sufficient support from US and EU population! Smart – yes. Secret – no.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • flickerman

      I'm not sure what all you said, but the destruction of the terrorist state of Syria is continuing and I am very pleased with the results. They are irretrievably evil. Too bad for Iran. Too bad for Hizbollah. Too bad for Hamas. Too bad for Jew haters.

      May 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  74. Ricksta

    It would all work out fine if the opposition weren't a bunch of terrorists who are constantly violating the cease fire.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  75. Diana Manwaring

    Another point I need to make is this: With people like Bashar Al-Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sanctions and diplomacy do NOT work. Ahmadinejad is a Twelver, which makes him extremely dangerous. He's got his hand on Syria, and both countries are bound and determined to destroy Israel.

    Anyone who goes against God's chosen people have reason to fear. Today is the day of salvation. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior before it's too late! Pray for and bless the people of Israel!

    At times like this I wonder what will make people wake up and realize their need for Christ. Will it be the destruction of Damascus as outlined in Isaiah 17? Imo, that could happen soon. President Obama can try as hard as he can to prevent that from happening, but Biblical prophecy is 100 percent accurate.

    God bless and protect Israel!

    May 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • dom

      A religious war for religious purposes? God's chosen people who rejected the Messiah and are waiting for another. A nuclear armed state at that. And you want us to go to war for them.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
      • Diana Manwaring

        I'm not saying we should send troops to Israel. I'm saying that at the very least, the Obama Administration should stay out of Israel's way should it have to attack.

        If the U.S. was in such danger, you would expect our President to do the same, mister!

        May 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
      • flickerman

        Israel bombed Iraq's nuclear reactor, then Syria's. Our pathetic little country which has lost the Afghan war will likely have to be saved again by Israel taking out Iran's nukes. Then we and Europe can pretend to be outraged. Meanwhile Jesus is recovering for what evil Christians have done in his name...Crusades, Religious wars, the Inquisition, the holocaust. Jesus is sorry he had anything to do with this sorry species we call humans. I think he frowns on the Catholic pedophilia coverup.

        May 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • rutgurt

      Lol, so Ahmadinijad is a twelver and that make's him dangerous? You "couch patato scholars" on Islam are so laughable at times with your paranoia and all. So your saying he's dangerous because he's Shia. Laughable.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
      • Diana Manwaring

        Ahmadinejad is part of the Shia sect of Islam called the "Twelvers." Ahmadinejad believes that he's been chosen to create the chaos that will result in the return of his version of Christ called the "Mahdi."

        Ahmadinejad thinks of Israel as the "littlle satan" and the U.S. as the "great satan." He would like to destroy both nations. He's even threatened to wipe Israel "off the map."

        Still think he's a safe guy?

        May 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
      • Josh

        @ Diana

        "Twelver" just means he believes there were 12 Imams and the third son was the rightful ruler. They believe the 12th Imam (Muhammud) is still alive and in hiding waiting to resume his rule of Islam. They are also the largest Shiite group today.... Stop making them out to be terrorists just because they are "Twelvers"

        May 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • Solaahudin

        Som fools amaze me, they hear muslims they tink 'terrorists', they hear shia they tink 'hezbollah', salafi or ahlis sunnah they tink 'holy war'. Such ducks!

        May 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
      • yuri pelham

        Islam is the epitome of violence and evil in the world today. Muslims killing Muslims. Let's sit back, watch, eat popcorn and drink beer. It'll take awhile but soon the world will be at peace. ( Well not really soon) there are too many of them.

        May 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
      • Josh

        @ Yuri

        Yes, because the Iraqi's bombed us AMIRITE?!
        It is always the muslims that hand out guns to terrorists to fight their enemies then stab them in the back, the US never does that?
        And it is the muslims who invade countries for oil.
        And it is muslims that create cults in the Mohave.
        And it is the muslims who are the most common religion of the serial killer.
        And muslims are the only ones that kill thinking they are on a "mission from god".

        WRONG!

        Come off it Muslims are people just like anyone else. If anything is the problem it is Christianity and there belief that somehow they are perfect and need to save everyone from themselves. However for all religions even Christianity the bulk of the people are just like everyone, no better or worse than anyone else.

        * I am agnostic in case anyone wondered if I was Muslim.

        May 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
      • sawolf

        iran is extremely dangerous because they are building hardened missile silos in venezuela. They won't be launching on Israel from there, guess that just leaves, "The Great Satan".

        May 17, 2012 at 12:39 am |
      • Mission

        Let me clue you all in on a dirty little sercet. When the US decides to change its views and activity in this region Israel will follow suit. In the meantime you can look at the activity of Israel as a reflection of the ruling hegemony (ask yourself a simple question, what has been the view and the activity of the US in this region? What is Israel's view and activity?). Note the order in which I place the views and activity of the USA and Israel, that is reality. When you see the activity of Israel in the region, what does this remind you of in relation to how the USA is currently acting ( And the Israeli navy and air force continue to violate Lebanon’s airspace and territorial waters. )?

        July 1, 2012 at 3:57 am |
      • Richard Wisecarver

        Fran\kly if I had my choice I would stay out of the Middle East altogether, Do not have any interest in the internal affairs of any of the nations in the Middle East including Israel. Mixing religion & politices is always a bad idea. My natiuon has ocer a 1000 religious sects(all equally foolish) & only two political parties thanks be to God. Can you imagagine a nation with over a 1000 miltias. Oh yes that is the Middle East. The Jews, Muslims, & Christians of Palestine chose abuse one another & have a winner take all view of politics. We like dumbies give cash to both sides. How about zero to both sides. Both sides in Syria hate the USA. I do not care! they are adults let them all pay the price for their greed and stupidity. Do you remember when the Israelis conquered the Sinai in 1956 & the French, Brits & the Israelis were about to split up lower Egypt and it was the USA who stopped that fiasco. Short memory! Or the over 300 years of Turkish in the Middle East-who ended that horror-oh yes the Allied Powers. No more money or troops for the Middle East & if they want euipment-hard currency only .

        July 1, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • Josh

      Religion is a plague... kinda hope some psycho blows up Damascus that way all the religious nuts can kill each other and do everyone else a favor.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • Tulip

      Who says we're in their way? Defend Israel from attack...sure just like kuwait and whoever else....but not in a particularly special way. Day of Salvation...it's always today isn't it. They've been saying that for the last 2000 years...how is that 100% accurate. If anything religion is the problem in all of these places.

      May 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  76. Diana Manwaring

    What plan B? There is NO plan "B." All the Obama Administration will do about violence in the Middle East is sanctions and diplomacy. That's it. The Obama Administration is VERY afraid of an Israeli attack on Iran. However, imo, that might not happen first. With all that's going on in Syria – including their recent move of Scud missiles close to the borders of Israel and Turkey, war will most likely happen prior to the November election.

    Obama, et al, don't want that. Our gov't is fearful that with the recent consolidation of power in Israel, that could mean that war is coming. That is possible. All I know is this: if Israel is ever attacked with any kind of WMD, whether they be chemical, biological or nuclear, it will have NO CHOICE but to respond with nukes.

    That would really anger our President, but that's too bad. Instead of having a plan "B," President Obama needs to make sure that the U.S. – at least morally speaking – supports Israel and its right to self defense should Syria and Iran strike them first.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  77. .

    Who cares? Whether it's Hafez Asshead or some member of the Muzzie Brotherhood, they both kill their enemies with impunity and they're both chafing at the bit for a chance to kill Americans.

    They all hate us anyhow. So let's drop the big one NOW.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • Miami11111

      How can Assad hate Americans, when the CIA put his daddy in power in the first place.

      May 17, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
  78. eric

    Plan A is who care
    Plan B is care who.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • circustrainer

      plan x – start reporting the truth.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
      • .

        You ask much. This is CNN.

        May 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Tony

      Plan B to be genocide. Syria will become Rwanda .

      May 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
      • yuri pelham

        yes

        May 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  79. Folkingtales

    Russia IS NOT an enemy of USA. If fact I'd say they did everyone a favor by preventing US from starting another war. Plan A?! Plan B?! This is a joke, there never was a plan. CNN please stop this nonsense, how about you report whats happening in our back yard. MEXICAN DRUG WAR for last 3-4 years claimed about 55000 lives, over 1000000 displaced citizens. Just the other day over 49 decapitated bodies were found. LEAVE SYRIA ALONE YOU CHICKENHAWKS.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  80. pnnn

    That all republicans like to do war war.see what bush did

    May 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • .

      Thank a public sector union teacher for pnnn. Another moron without a clue.

      Nice job SEIU!

      May 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  81. JohanHorn

    Stop the massacres in Syria. Assad is a war criminal .

    May 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • .

      So I guess you're on your way to your town's local induction center to sign up? For the Army? The Marines? Navy? Air Force?

      Or are you?

      May 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
      • Tony

        Do you support the continuation of the massacres in Syria?

        May 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  82. byebye

    Why do we need to be involved in the Syrian Civil War. I say sit this one out. Even if the current Syrian regime is toppled, what is to prevent Syria from being run by Al Qaeda?

    May 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • .

      It's a win-win situation as long as they're killing each other.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  83. Bill

    I did not know the US had a Plan A

    May 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  84. Mike

    Obama's aministration reacted poorly to the mass killing in Syria.I was lucky enough To have my citizenchip back in Sept and I cant wait to vote democrats out of the white house.A weak leadership doesnt convey a strong image of U.S.A.We need a new leadership no doubt.

    May 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • dom

      Then are you in for a big disappointment. Romney or Obama...the same pile spilled into two different cups.

      May 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • Mazzata

      Romney gets in, there'll definitely be a war; Syria, Africa, somewhere, anywhere. Republicans love the hawkish rocket-rattling that proves the United States is the world's toughest hero, and all that crap.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  85. dom

    And so it is the Russians, thank God, who are preventing us from getting entangled once again
    in another war. And Romney calls them our enemies.

    May 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • Dr Zeus

      Russia will eventually be blamed for not getting involved and preventing a civil war, which is what this turning into very quickly. It will serve Russia right, too. This is oh so similar to Serbia/Bosnia. And again, guess who was the master? Russia! Go figure.

      May 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  86. adam

    sure lets hand another country over to the brotherhood... what could possibly go wrong?

    May 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  87. pkt729

    The reason why we are not rushing to help the civilians of Syria is because there is no oil. There are over 10,000 dead, many are women and children. Someone just needs to take out Al-Assad and his cronies, then there will be peace and normalcy.

    May 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • dom

      Just like the peace that isn't in Libya and Iraq. And if each political party could only wipe out the opposition, then there wouldn't be any arguing in this country either. For surely everyone in the country wants the same thing and it is only the leaders who cause trouble.

      May 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • jenkins10

      should the obama administration correct problem that face american, or he refuse to do so because he is "the problem..."
      is plan b mean helping alqaeda ,a nad syian muslim brotherhood criminal organization

      May 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • .

      Unfortunately you're right. Thank Allah there's no oil.

      Let's hope they keep whacking each other and leave us alone.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  88. Jimi

    See in America it's easy for most people to say the world needs to be like us I on the other hand think its best to take care of your own backyard and let other cultures decide for themselves what they want and how best to acheive that goal but that's just me politics and money are in the way of free thinking

    May 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  89. Tahir

    There is only one US plan and this is to support terrorists in Syria, just like it supported Uncle Osama against Russia.The result was adventure in New york.

    May 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  90. behere

    why not help them like we did in Libya?

    May 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • .

      Because it would start a war between Hisbollah and Israel (which may happen anyway).

      And we should've stayed out of Libya because the people who took control are just as looney as Kadaffy Duck was.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  91. william jones

    why didn't we wait in Libya? Wasn't because we wanted to save the civilians?

    May 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Jimi

      no it was save the oil interest think like an American money first lives saved well ok

      May 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
      • Aaron

        True it was about oil but not for us as Americans, it was because European nations (who comprise most of NATO) were starting to hurt bad because of the prices they had to pay ghadfi(?, sorry I can't spell) for their oil, so once the vote was cast in NATO to intervene, we got dragged along because of the alliance.

        May 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • .

        Actually, Jimi, Kadaffy's big mistake was selling his oil to the Chinese instead of the French and the Italians.

        We got involved for the oil. For France. And for Italy.

        Ma Fongool.

        May 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  92. anna

    No plan A B or anything else, leave them alone. If they kill each other off well so be it.

    May 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  93. UnFred

    McCain – "What they need, first of all, is weapons to defend themselves," And who's going to pay for those weapons Senator? Fanny Mae? Republicans love starting wars and leaving the mess for Other people to clean up ehh?

    May 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  94. Tahir

    USA is providing money and weapons to terrorists in Syria and they are destroying the peace.These terrorists produced by USA in Syria will probably make another adventure in New york.

    May 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • rad

      never a truer word written

      May 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
      • Tahir

        Truth is always bitter.

        May 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Widow

      People like you are so mentally screwed up it is unbelievable!!! There is proof independent organizations have that Iran and Russia is supporting Syria.. Why would the USA do such a thing for basically no money.. Syria has nothing and that hasn't stopped us before in entering conflicts.. No oil or money in afghan... Seriously people like you should get run over by a drunk driver and be paralyzed the rest of your lives. The Syrians are being slaughtered an it is a disgrace the leader of the free world does nothing.. We could target all there based and wipe them out without ever setting a foot on the ground or plane in the air. And we just stand pat and give billions to acorn, sloyndra, and any corp that invests in the republicans or Obama/democrats campaign... An absolutely disgusting joke. I hope we dominate Iran and Syria alike.. They have zero military power against a country likeFrance let alone the USA.. Just a bunch of weaklings that use fear and the military to control the masses.. They are stuck in the pre 19th century mentality. In the end they will lose everything with the greed they hold over there people. Bomb the hell out of them!!

      May 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • dom

        Wow, running people over with trucks hoping to paralyze them and then bombing the hell out of them. You have all the qualifications necessary to be a dictator.

        May 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
      • Never Debate

        You say "bomb the hell out of them". That is exactly what we did in Afghanistan, and we are still bombing. Keep on bombing baby.

        May 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
      • Miclovin

        And risk pissing off all the other Muslim and Arab countries yea fat chance you stupid b itc h why dont u do that and we can watch and laugh when they kill you

        May 18, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • .

      First, put the hooka pipe down Tahir. Then quit your job at the convenience store, go home and fix your country.

      And don't come back.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
      • Never Debate

        You cannot decide this. Tahir and his buddies are going to kick your a ss. The kicking has already started, you just haven't started feeling it yet. You will realize it when it is too late, buddy.

        May 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Anda

      Not to be morbidly cruious, but what is the enriched uranium supposed to be doing? There really isn't any chance of this being a mini-nuke unless you have critical mass, you just don't have a nuke. I suppose the uranium isotope could have been used for specific atomic physical characteristics (density, tensile strength, conductivity, etc., some combination thereof), or alternatively, the energized neutrons it would emit as it decayed could activate something (but that's pretty far out there on the scientific limb).Or is uranium being put into munitions now solely to poison people? I suppose, sadly, that would be the cut of Occam's razor here.

      July 1, 2012 at 4:19 am | Reply
      • Richard Wisecarver

        Frankly I wouldn't give any nation in the Middle East one thin dime, & I am also weary of everybody blaming the USA for the violence on both sides. We are that good or that stupid. Start growing up & get along with each other. How do you expect anybody to stay out of your business when adults act like children. Every psychotic nut job in the world is on had to profit from your petty religious quarrels. Alawite, Shia, Sunni, Twelvers, and a over a 100 other sects all struggling for power. That is the way Christian were be Western governments begian to deprive them of political power. Israel is a sick theocracy & the so is Iranwhile the rest of the middle East, Pakistan & Afghanistan are lead by corupt rulers who play one religious group against another. At times our government is incredibly stupid but the behaviors of Israel & most the Muslim, make us look smart a mature. No easy job. So yes bring all our troops, money, & equipment home.now!!!!

        July 1, 2012 at 6:13 am |
  95. Reality Check

    We should just let them kill each other out. We could do with a bunch of less islamists around. Let them settle it.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • .

      Exactly.

      May 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  96. Dante6

    Plan B – what the heck was Plan A. This administration is beyond belief. They just let things work themselves out and then take credit. I have to tell you – Obama is as much a Commander and Chief as Fred Flinstone is real

    May 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Fair point somebody menitoned this on twitter and I replied: Yeah makes sense- noreply' still seems unimaginative tho. I really just put it in for comic relief, like to end on a funny note So I think better in that case to go with something like what Wufoo has I believe it's something like friendlyrobot@ and if you reply to it, it sends you a friendly message explaining that nobody checks that mailbox, but there is a support desk they can contact.

      November 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  97. AlexShch

    Plan B? Doesn't it imply the existence of Plan A which did not work? What was it? Get UN resolution passed and start a little war like in Libya, I guess.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • aj

      Which isn't smart. They have defense pacts with Iran and Jordan I assume. Russia too.

      May 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply

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