America's undiplomatic diplomat in Syria
September 8th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

America's undiplomatic diplomat in Syria

Typically, U.S. ambassadors serving abroad consider insulting their host government a definite no-no.

Not the American ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford. Rather than working to strengthen the U.S. relationship with the government of Bashar al-Assad, Ford has been dubbed by some U.S. officials as the "ambassador of change."

Since the Syrian government began cracking down on anti-government protesters earlier this year, the U.S. ambassador to Damascus has traded diplomatic niceties for tough talk about the regime.

The regime sees him as an activist, working to knock it out of power - especially after Ford sparked a diplomatic firestorm in July when he traveled to the restive city of Hama to express support for demonstrators. He was welcomed with flowers by local residents who had suffered a brutal crackdown by government forces. Al-Assad's government called the trip an attempt to foment dissent.

Since then, Ford has continued to serve less as a traditional diplomat and more as a provocateur. On Tuesday he called into question the Syrian government's capability to enact "the deep, genuine and credible reforms" demanded by opposition protesters.

In a sharply-worded letter posted on the U.S. Embassy Facebook page this week, Ford voiced his support for what he called the "courage" shown by demonstrators and slammed the killings of unarmed civilians protesting peacefully, placing the blame for the violence squarely on the government.

"Given the extent of the government's brutality, neither the Syrian protest movement nor the international community will believe that this Syrian leadership desires or is capable of the deep, genuine and credible reforms that the Syrian people demand," Ford wrote.

Officials tell CNN that Ford has not been directed to speak so harshly in public by the State Department, but that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has given him the leeway to speak out as he sees fit.

"He has been very gutsy and forward leaning," one State Department colleague said. "But it isn't being pushed by (the department). It's his personality. He is a gutsy guy."

The Obama administration has faced criticism for not recalling Ford. The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, has called for the United States to recall its ambassador as a signal that the Obama administration does not support the al-Assad government. But senior officials, including Clinton, have said he has an important role to play on the ground, including showing U.S. support for the opposition.

While the State Department insists publicly that Ford continues to meet with members of the Syrian government, privately, senior officials concede his interaction with senior members of the regime in recent weeks has been minimal at best. Considering that Washington has called publicly for al-Assad's ouster, these officials say there aren't too many reasons for regular meetings with the regime, except to protest the violence.

Instead, Ford has been increasing his outreach to the Syrian opposition and civil society groups. He is also on the lookout for members of the government who could be persuaded to abandon the regime.

"He's open to anyone that is willing to whisper in his ear," one senior U.S. official said.

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  1. Bean Bag

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    December 23, 2018 at 8:53 am | Reply
  2. Molly

    Mr. Ford is a hero. I'm glad the administration is letting him do what needs to be done, and I hope they will give more of our diplomats that freedom.

    September 12, 2011 at 10:28 am | Reply
  3. RichardCordelion

    Remember, Islam is the religion of peace, and Syria is just one of many graphic examples of how Muslims treat one another.

    September 10, 2011 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • Mohammad

      Really how about Christian Europe world wars genocide what about Americas military conquests like Vietnam you will never destroy Islam the more you attack it the bigger it becomes I love when Christian zealots attack Islam cause it reveals how much hate the have

      September 11, 2011 at 7:36 am | Reply
  4. Tony

    Dear Khalil ,it is ironic what Assad propaganda is doing to sway christian arabs opinoin, Assad is trying to use AL Qaida feer card. Look millions of arab christian live in the middle east they are part of the fabric and history, they have contributed the most for the progress in the middle east. Look at the history is there any muslim or jew left in spain or in certain part of Europe. Christian Arab has to contribute effectively and be part of Democracy movement in the middle east and not to collaborates with dictators and thugs. Iraq lesson should be a clear exapmle fpr them.

    September 9, 2011 at 9:22 am | Reply
  5. manar

    I just want to thank Mr. Ford for supporting the free Syrians. FYI, many Syrians have changed their opinions of the US because of this brave ambassador.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:23 am | Reply
  6. Schmedley

    "Officials tell CNN that Ford has not been directed to speak so harshly in public by the State Department, but that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has given him the leeway to speak out as he sees fit."

    So, if things go the wrong way, they can hang him out to dry and say he was out of line. Rather risky position for Mr. Ford to take...

    September 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • Boskoo

      It won't do any good. He is wasting his time. In any case, who cares what the Syrians do? This is an internal affair of theirs and we have no business butting in.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Reply
      • Jasiel

        He might be wasting his time and he might make the U.S. look bad. I agree that there is really no need for him to become active in this issue yet. I disagree that this is an internal affair and someone must eventually stop this government from killing innocent protesters.

        September 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
      • jackofalltread

        that is not true, Ford should get involve from the point of view of enhance the US public image specially in the arab world, it has been damaged for too long, from the other prospective, the syrian gov did cross all mean and lines trying to handle the uprising. obviously such a backward regime dont know how to act properly in an open world filled with media.... they are a police state and that all what they know how do, by force you have to agree and love or else gun them down...

        September 9, 2011 at 12:54 am |
      • ram

        Right on!

        September 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  7. Ahmed


    You are another example of "Shapeha" whom are killing demonstrators. Can you tell us where you find that there are 1000 policemen were killed in the last 5 months???? Even the official Syrian news agency isn't saying that numbers!!! Moreover can you provide their names??? No you can't, not because you don't have them right now, but because no one has them. So stop spreading your lies...
    Finally why you don't go back to "Syria Alassad" and fight with him there. You live in USA in complete freedom, why you can't praise this freedom and wish to have it in Syria. Why do you believe that there is no one better than him to be in power??? Syria is for Syrian people and not named or owned by any family or any person. And stop talking about 22 millions elected him. No one is believing this...expect those the blind followers of Alassad family.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • Frankie

      Ahmed, this Khalil character is posting here under different names, Truth, Patrick, etc...He is an agent for the Assad regime paid to scan public opinion sites and try to insert doubt in the American public. Desperate, but fruitless. I have observed the tactics. Never mind wasting your time asking questions. This person knows well comes bedtime, that job of supporting a brutal regime has been done.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  8. Mazher

    All these are selective in nature, it should be same for Egypt,Bahrain,Syria,Yemen, but here the biggest part of the drama is to save Israel at all cost, which is hidden agenda, but mass in general knew very well all over the world, but here the history of media is different and it is controlled and thus guidance, instructions all comes and they have to speak and follows again and again till every body accept it as a true , and now the strange thing is that no comment comes from Hilary Clinton, she is knew well that others or doing her job, she has not comments for months about Bahrain,Yemen, and Saudi, may be the blood of Yemen citizens is not much important than the blood of Syrian, which it also a crime.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  9. LarryMoniz

    As a professional writer/editor/publisher for more than 45 years, the headline: "America's undiplomatic diplomat in Syria." is one of the most pathetic and unskilled efforts I've ever read. Did the creator work to be so redundant in just five words?
    Hire some skilled writers rather than neophytes.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Frankie

      Aah, Larry, you are right. But in the scheme of things, take a couple and sleep tight. There are more upsetting things in life than to get upset over improper English.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Reply
      • antoine hourani

        we excepect our Media and politician , to get the american public an accurate informationin order to make an informed decision , I feel we fabrication public opionion in preparation for military adventure , I wish , that CNN will report the slogan of the new syrian democrate, LIKE , WE ARE GOING TU BURY ALL ALLOWITE AND SEND CHRSITIAN TO BEIRUT LEBANON , OR PEACEFULL PEACEFULL TILL WE EXTERMINATE ALL ALLWITE , OR THE RELIGION OF MOHAMED IS ALL ABOUT PRIDE AND THE RELIGION OF JESUS IS SHAKY , OR WAIT YOU INFIDEL FOR YOU 'R TURN ....IN ADDITION TO OTHER RACIAL AND RELIGIONS SLOGAN
        the last freedom and demcracy intervention in IRAQ, forced 800000 christian outside of IRAQ , if the mulim brothehood take over syrian you may end up with middleaest without any christian or other minority with the help of the american tax payer supporting cluless policy
        if our polician are truly want to spread democracy and freedom in that part of the world , and save american life and trillion of american tax payer fund ...all they need to do is to reform the source of legistlation in the arab country and mulim world , which is uncompatible with individual freedom , freedom of woman and minorities

        September 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Ahmed

      you are a dumbass.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • TimBopp

      Why would this article upset you to the point of attacking the atuhor? There must be an element of truth in it then, no? So for a change, an American government official is supporting reformation. We should all stand up and applaud the man.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  10. Ali

    Syrian Regime claims that protesters are agents of Zionist and US,
    The question is how Mr. Assad managed to make millions of Syrian become agent of Zionist and US, Assad regime has been claiming for the past 40 years that Syria is the Resistance front against Israel, his army do not have the guts to shot one bullet to Israeli army, but they can shot and kill their own unarmed citizens, very disgusting indeed.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • Frankie

      Well said Ali. Assad's agents are on the media outlets (including this one) spreading lies. These people are either ignorant (unlikely) or beneficiaries. The fact the 40 years of dictatorship, oppression and corruption is not an issue for them is enough to discount them. Period!

      September 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
      • patrick A.

        Funny how your Garbage rhetoric only applies to country that we don,t like.
        How long the Saudi PIGS has been in power?
        How long has that Bahrain King oops PIG has been in power?
        But I am sure you have no problem with the Saudis sending their Tanks to Bahrain to crush their peaceful rebellion,unlike Armed rebels in Libya.

        September 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
      • Frankie

        @Patrck: My rhetoric is garbage because I stated a fact about the regime being a dictatorship for 40 years? And why are you judging that I wouldn't have a problem with the Saudis and other Inconsistencies with foreign policies? You don't know what I stand for. At this site, we are discussing Syria not the other countries. By the way, with your logic, all acts of kindness/aid to animals should stop until human suffering all over the world is addressed. Please reply with class – if you have any!

        September 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Khalil

        now and because you didn't like what I said you discount me, what your poeple (you Support) will do when they take the power. See that is what I am talking about.

        2. there is corruption all over the world not only in one country, if you want reform it doesn't mean to destroy the whole country and kill the people who don't agree with you. You should know that the islamic terrorests are destroying the country and attacking the Government employees and buildings and the civilians who don't agree with them. Open your eyes.

        September 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Khalil

      1. Ali, don't say millions, but say couple thousands. and I am sure no more than 100000 terrorests. What about the 22 millions who elected president Assad and want him to stay in power. You can lie to americans because they don't know, but you can't lie to me because I know what is going on.

      2. What england did to thier own citizens when they were asking for rights and better life? So stop lying OK. you must know that majority of Syrians want Dr .Assad to lead the country not the Islamic terrorests.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Reply
      • Frankie

        Haha, 22 millions who "elected" Assad family members for the last 30-40 years. LOL!!!

        September 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • Ali

        In 1982 the whole city of Hama’s residents were terrorists, do you remember?
        Why Syria has so many terrorists?

        September 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
      • Mohammad

        You traitor to your people and religion you should be ashamed of yourself

        September 11, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • Khalil

      In 1982, I was in syria and I remember how the islamic brother hood party members bombed buses and schools and hospitals killing thousands of innocent people and school students. I remember 1982 very good and I can't forget specially when they bombed the buses which had soldeirs in them and thier body pieces speard all over.
      Ali, don't you feel shame when you talk about 1982 crimes by the islamic terrorest who is doing samething now and continue thier crimes but unfortunitly with the world support this time.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
      • Ali

        The 1982 Hama massacre , 40,000 Syrian were killed by Hafez Al Assad , his son is catching up,

        September 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • Frankie

        Hey Khalil, guess what? I was in Syria at the same year too and you couldn't be more of a liar. I do remember one explosion but I would believe that it was a government fabrication to entice the population against the "Brotherhood" before I believe otherwise. The Syrian government run by thugs (that you defend-and probably paid to do) have lost credibility long before you started posting anything on a US news site like this. I hope you rot in hell if there is one. May god never bless you, S O B!

        September 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  11. Truth

    Yes, we know American interest is above all. I do not think he is doing it for the sake of Syrians or for the sake of Democracy?
    Reason check what is happening in Gaza? What is happeining in Yemen? Waht is happening in Bahrain? What is happening in Saudi Arabia?
    Is the US doesnot have embassies there? Of course there are... but the "NATIONAL INTEREST" is what matters.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Frankie

      With all due respect, please leave the name "truth" alone. Wait, it must be truth, because your name is so. Really?

      September 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  12. Truth

    Hey, US should not meddle in internal affairs of Syria. This damn guy does not know the diplomacy 100. He is making a macho in Syria. It is known why he is doing so.
    On the other hand when people are sloutered in GAZA where was the US? Did we hear any? No big no , NADA... reason known.
    What is happening in Bahrain? Is the US saying anything? No, infact US gave green light to the Saudi Monarch to envade and silence the innocent uprise of Bahrainies, who called nothing but Democracy.
    Guess what? It is the big national INTEREST of the US than any humanitarian or real democracy that is counted.
    Got it?

    September 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Frankie

      Truth, patrick, shabbiha,whatever, your name is. How much are you getting paid per hour – by the Assads?

      September 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  13. Khalil

    1. I am Syrian Ammerican and I know what is going on there more than the lying media. The president and the Syrian Army are in real war against the terrorests. when you support the opposition in Syria that means (if you know or you don't know) you are supporting the islamic brother hood party which is like Al Qaeda. So what do you think? Do you want to support terrorests and forget out victims in Sep 11.
    2. more than 1000 syrian policemen and army personel got killed during the last 5 month by those criminals. if this happened in the US or anywhere else what would the GOV do? look at the terrorests and say great job here take the power?
    3. what did US do in Iraq and Afganstan when our soldiers got attacked by the terrorests?
    4. I agree 100% that the ambassador there to represent the United States and be neutral- NOT to aggravate the situation. Do you accept other ambassadors to do the same in US?
    5. I think we have enough problems, our government here in the US need to look at and solve, and leave the rest of the world to solve thier problems.
    God bless America and Syria Al Assad.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • UrDumb

      If our (US) ambassador is there and can see what is going on says " peaceful protesters are being shot by Al-Assad's troops" why should we not believe him? He is an American American with nothing to gain from false reporting. So, why would he lie? What does he have to gain? If he says he sees "terrorists" around every corner I'd have to trust he is not lying. Go back to Syria and give us a no sh1t report, until then I'm going with the ambassador!

      September 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • Frankie

      Khalil, if you believe that the protesters are the problem, then I am a unicorn. Your propaganda will never fly in the age of modern technology and internet age. So, please don't waste your time trying to convince us of the legitimacy of a corrupt, brutal regime that has been terrorizing its citizens since Assad and his Baathist party took power 40 years ago. Yeah, there are those of us who know what is going on with this family of thieves (including the Makhloofs). You can spread your lies to ignorant villagers; not here, Mister.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Reply
      • Khalil

        1. If you think in this way, I really feel sorry for you and for everyone think like you. If you think you can get the terrorests to love you one day, you are really mistaken. I feel sorry for America if the Americans think like you do.

        2. America is a melting pot Sir. there is no American American only the native Americans. God bless America.

        September 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • Frankie

        Khalil, again, please read my above post.

        September 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Olla

      Hey khalid, its obvious you are either Christian, from a minority group in Syria, or just a person who hates Muslims. As a Syrian American, I can tell you that the Muslim brotherhood isn't going to take over Syria, and If they did, why can't we do like Bill Clinton said, lets hear them out. Syria after all is 75% Muslims, so it makes sense a Muslim government take over, in contrary, why should Assad, an Alawite, who isn't Muslim rule a Muslim country. It's like having a Muslim president run the USA. It just doesn't work. Not trying to put anyone down here, but your post sounds ridiculus when you say God Bless al shows real ignorance and hatred on your part.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • Hugo B

      The Muslim Brotherhood is not "like" al-Qaeda. If you were paying any attention to the Egyptian revolution, for example, you would be aware that a distinct split existed between the two groups on the eve of the mass protests. The MB called for peaceful protests. Al-Qaeda did not. Comparing them, blindly it would seem, is extremely foolish because they have completely different professed mechanisms of change. What you just did, from an academic historical view, is like comparing conservative Christians with the likes of the KKK or skinheads.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:01 am | Reply
    • kath

      You're an agent of Assad's. You wouldn't know the truth if it fell on your stupid head.
      God bless assad??? What???
      Unbelievable. And I don't believe you are Syrian-American. Just another lie.

      September 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  14. kake79

    It surprises me that Syria hasn't kicked him out between what he's said and what Obama was said about the regime. I wonder why that is?

    September 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  15. Sean Russell

    Finally, somebody willing to stand up to dictators like Assad. If Syria wants him recalled- let them. Until then, he should keep it up. Nice that we have a govt that is doing something right instead of arming dictators.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • BigSir

      Maybe things would have gone better for the US if ambassadors from around the world had told Bush what a mess he was making of the middle east. Of course, then you might have called that meddling.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  16. Josephin NY

    Foolish – he should be recalled. His role is one of tact and decorum, not one of offensive speeches against his host government. Eventually the Syrians will just order him removed anyway

    September 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Sean Russell

      So what if they do recall him. Until then, this murderer Assad needs to be called out for his actions.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • frank

      It would appear that Hillary is quite OK with what he is doing.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  17. Norman

    Too bad that Ambassador Ford works for such an inept boss (Clinton) and an equally inept President.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Gary Tyler

      Could be worse he could have worked for Bush and Chaney – unlike Obama they drug us into Irag...Obama took care of Libya the right way....

      September 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • JOHN

      Hilary Clinton is one of the most intelligent people in the government.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • Frankie

      You really should consider each action on its merit rather than making blank hateful comments. On the other hand, I offer my apology if I miss-judged you/

      September 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  18. khaled

    Did he visit the people of Gaza and south Lebanon when they were bombed indiscriminately by the Israelis?
    Did the American ambassador in Bahrain visited or showed support for the demonstrators who were murdered by his puppets in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia?
    Everything he did with the green light from the white house, otherwise, he will be summoned and disciplined.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • UrDumb

      He's in Syria dude, not Gaza or Lebanon... Get with it or don't make foolish posts!

      September 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  19. Sal

    Yes, and somebody's got to tell the world what is actually going on in Syria! There is nothing wrong with that! I say to all these diplomats to speak up and speak out. 

    September 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • patriot

      Robert Ford is CIA / al CIA da ... Operation AJAX so successful that it is repeated over and over just like propaganda

      September 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Reply
      • Gisele

        Thank you for all that great info you provide Alex and thank your team! No one can stop what is tainkg place It is to late. One world government is here; coming to a town near all of us, around the world now being bring forth at the same time. World will be 10 districts soon. Policed by UN and TSA and NATO. War is on the verge of breaking out and not just in one country. Mass confusion then. MARSHALt LAW will be activated that is why we NOW have so many road blocks. Take a look around w

        May 21, 2012 at 4:19 am |
  20. Carl

    This guy is a man .. not a piss-ant like those who talk about sanctions .. he should be in charge in Washington ..

    September 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  21. may

    Yep, following what went on in Egypt, Lybia and Yemen. FIRE the man, send him HOME, get him out of there. The US has NO business starting unrest in all these other nations. He is a Saul Alinsky follower the same as Obama.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Sean Russell

      Yeah, god forbid the leader of the free world- America- should actually stand up for what it's supposed to believe in, instead of turning a blind eye and just selling Assad more weapons. Murderers like Assad need to be GONE- not the people standing up to him.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Reply
      • Frankie

        Good point, Sean

        September 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  22. Sal

    Yep, this man is doing the right thing and for some unknown reason Syria is not kicking him out of the country! 

    September 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  23. Zuma

    That is plain stupid. If this fruit wants to look "tough" he should join the USMC, not the diplomatic corps.
    Diplomacy, moron, google it.


    September 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • dbrown

      Diplomacy, first and foremost should be promoting US interests. Too many diplomats forget which country they actually work for. Ford shouldn't be kissing the behind of Al – Assad or his regime. That is not diplomocy at all. He should work to further our interests however he can, short of war and that doesn't mean playing nice just for the sake of playing nice. If pressure is warranted, then so be it. Ford is one of the few in the land of the foggy bottom that acutally gets it.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  24. DJ3000

    As a Syria I can not thank you enough Mr Ford and Mrs Clinton. Other countries like Russa and China choose thier trade deals over the blood of the Syrian people.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • patrick A.

      Sure IDIOT,just like the USA did in Bahrain with the Saudi tanks crushing their Rebellion.

      If you are Syrian then I am from Mars.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Reply
      • treasure123

        Patrick, you are comparing a morning headache to cancer. The situation in Bahrain is way different than it is in Syria. Tanks in Bahrain did not fire missiles against protestors as the syrian regime did. By the way, Bahrain's governement is not responsible for killing american soldiers as the syrian regime is, by sending terror across the borders to iraq. Therefore, thank you USA for your support. I hope this will have you less confused about the facts.

        September 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • Frankie

        @treasure123: Don't waste your time. This "patrick" guy is serving no purpose and is absolutely clueless about reasonable and proper discourse.

        September 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Bluf

      Where on earth are the NATO strikes on Syria?!!!!!!Honestly, the NATO ferocs are shaming themselves on focusing on Libya when Syria IS the country that should be targeted!!Where are the countries of the world concerning the atrocities committed in Syria?!!!All this INACTION with Syria proves one thing: the actions of various countries (at the ONU, with NATO, etc.) against other countries are highly biased and they certainly not the result of a fair assessment!

      May 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  25. Olla

    It's nice to see an American diplomat standing up for the right thing! The Syrian people are suffering and need international help. Isn't that what makes America so great, us standing up for the right thing. I say we acknowledge his courage and applaud him.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      And what are we going to help them with? Some kind words? Or maybe we can increase the debt even more by printing more money! Or, wait, let's borrow more money from China and give it to them! Yea, that works!

      September 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • John

      The reality of the situation in Syria is that should Bashar al-Assad and the Baath party fall from power it is highly unlikely a nice little American style democarcy will flourish. Once the dust settles there is a very BIG risk that they will be replaced by an Islamist regime or a regime which caters to the Islamist elements in Syrian society. Syrian society, the US and Israel are far better off with the "devil you know than the one you don't". This ambassador and Barak Obama don't realize the realities on the ground in Syria. We are seeing this start to develop in Egypt with the candidates who might replace Mubarak. It has already happened in Iraq and in Tunisia.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Reply
      • Carl

        Washington should have sent cruise missile to Assad's palace in Damascus .. months ago .. it is the only message he will hear .. one missile for each protester who is shot ..

        September 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • Frankie

        According to your logic, people should get away with murder because it does not fit your interests. The world will function very smoothly with people like you in charge. Luckily, there are still those of us, humans, who have character, compassion, and integrity.

        September 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • patrick A.

      Really and why wasn't,t he and others stand up to Bahrain and the Saudi PIGS who sent their Tanks in foreign country to crush their rebellion.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  26. patrick A.

    WONDER WHY The Syrian just doesn,t make him persona non Grata and give him 1 day to leave their country.

    freaking agitator.I dare him to go try this Crap is IRAN.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • jc

      Are you saying we should turn a blind eye? Would you rather live in Syria? Read DJ3000's comment.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • John

      WOW... you are an idiot... I didn't know the US had any diplomats in Iran?? And o no.. what would iran do if it was happening… kick the diplomat out… o no… soooooo scared of Iran….

      September 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Reply
      • patrick A.

        Sure Moron,we don,t have diplomats we do have SPIES there stirring trouble along with the Stinking JEWS,2 nuclear Scientist murdered,2 kidnapped and brought to USA.
        3 Hikers, oops KIDS,lol got caught trying to sneak into IRAN,they should have beheaded them right there and then.

        September 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
      • Frankie

        Wow Patrick; you are really clueless AND USELESS!

        September 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Eric

      LOL racists are funny, another American intent on blaming the worlds problems on "the jews!" Are you actually Mel Gibson incognito? Any other wonderful rants you want to spit out laced with hate and void of knowledge? I'm sure the other redneck's in the group love reading your comments!

      September 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
    • maryam

      Patrick, u Iranian by chance?Because Iranian gov like Syria and they also dont like their shia(and shia Iranian in Barain)being attacked...I tink te world knows IRAN GOV as teir dirty ands everywere wile proclaiming to be "peaceful", and who also tell other countries not to hurt their people as a "front", because they in fact kill their own people and have advised Syria on how to manage peaceful protestors, (because wasnt Iran the finest example? And just look, Assad is behaving JUST LIKE Iran GOV. Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Egypt told Iran to stay out of the business of their country. They love seeing havoc in ME countries, because they want to be KING of them all. Israel is NOT the problem, IRAN and its cronies are...altough I shouldnt refer to them as cronies because that gives them all equal status, I would rather call them Irans children, because Iran gov controls many and hires them to do their dirty work so they can profess their"innocence" to their people. I pray for peace between the Arabs and Israeli...Iranian gov has always stirred up problems there..people there need to wake up and see the facts.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Reply
    • kath

      Wow – who or what is this patrick a. anyway? A complete idiot, that's what! Do us a favor and keep your asinine comments to yourself. Stupid unknowing jerk.
      You haven't a single clue to what is going on in Syria and/or the history behind it. The present protesters have been murdered and tortured since MARCH and nothing has been done to stop it by the world.
      It's so damned hypocritical – but wait! There's no oil in Syria...
      AND daddy assad did the same thing in Hama 20 yrs. ago. Like father, like son-that's for sure. Murderers, with their state-run news and so-called "security forces". Mercenaries is a better word.
      As for you and your rotten posts, I wish I could delete them.

      September 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  27. Phil in Oregon

    Did Obama actually appoint this guy? Administration people with guts are SOOO hard to find. The govt of Syria can change his tune quickly by not firing on unarmed civilians.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • patriot

      U are a idiot .... United States of American national transitional council .... to restore democracy and freedom .... "cause you where order to" will not be excepted as a excuse for crimes against the american people

      September 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • kath

      I surely do agree!

      September 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Reply
      • kath

        What I meant to say is: I surely do agree with Phil! (not with the idiot's post beneath his).

        September 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • Mamta

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      May 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  28. kate

    Not only are his actions amd utterances lame and not ambassadorial, that guy needs to be recalled. He's there to represent the United States and be neutral- NOT to aggravate the situation. Granted that what is going on in Syria is dire, let the syrians and Assad deal with it!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • Roger in Florida

      Kate get a clue on how it works. On second thought woman, go make me a sanwich and leave the Men stuff to Men.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • daniel

      No, there are times when Silence is seen as support. We are responsible for many of the dictators who are in power. We have valued stability over democracy. The real problem with this is that while democracy may SEEM unstable, it is in fact the only stability a nation can have long term. Neutrality in the face of tyranny is support. We have taken this path FAR too long. In addition, the last 10 years should have proven to us that the enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend. He could be our enemy too.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Eric

      Welcome back to the 1930's when America is too bat-sh*t scared to get involved with ANY OTHER COUNTRIES problems until we our self's get bombed to crap! What would have happened in Germany if we never got involved? More than likely everyone from Spain to Poland would have remained under to USSR probably until modern times, possibly even changing the entire out come of the cold war. Don't believe me? Look it up, I'll wait.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  29. DaveinNWPDX

    Good for him! A bright spot in an otherwise dreary administration.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply

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