Syrian president's statement on security forces 'ludicrous,' U.S. says
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
December 6th, 2011
05:49 PM ET

Syrian president's statement on security forces 'ludicrous,' U.S. says

By CNN's Charley Keyes

The State Department was quick Tuesday to challenge comments by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he did not have control of his country's security forces amid the bloody crackdown on his political opponents.

"I find it ludicrous that he is attempting to hide behind some kind of shell game, but also some sort of claim that he doesn't exercise authority in his own country," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

"He has had opportunities in the past to end the violence," Toner said, listing initiatives presented by the Arab League, Turkey, other countries and the United Nations.

"He has rejected all of them, usually through a long, convoluted process where he plays for time" Toner said at his afternoon briefing at the State Department. "There is just no indication he is doing anything other than cracking down in the most brutal fashion on a peaceful opposition movement."

Toner was responding to a question about an ABC television interview Monday conducted by Barbara Walters with al-Assad. An ABC producer said that the al-Assad told Walters, "I am the president. I don't own the country so they are not my forces"; and "There is a difference between having a policy to crack down between having some mistakes committed by some officials. There is a big difference."

Also Tuesday, the State Department announced that U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford is returning to Syria, and is scheduled to arrive late Tuesday. Amid fears for Ford's personal safety, he was brought back to Washington six weeks ago, "for consultations" in diplomatic-speak.

His return coincides with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's meeting with members of the Syrian opposition in Geneva, and is an additional signal of the Obama administration's outreach to critics of al-Assad.

Toner said the Syrian government had been informed of Ford's return and the United States expects Syria to live up to its responsibility to protect the ambassador.

"He's going to continue the same kind of work he did previously, which is delivering our message of support for the Syrian people and trying to provide reliable reporting on the situation on the ground, and engaging as best he can, given the limitations, the full spectrum of Syrian society on how to both end the bloodshed and begin a democratic transition," Toner said.

soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Green House Smoke & Vapor Shop

    Has anyone ever been to Sublime Vapor Vape Shop in 119 Route 22 East?

    https://classifiedsgulf.com/user/profile/96196

    June 29, 2021 at 8:27 am | Reply
  2. pharmaceptica.com

    hydroxocloroquine https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 29, 2021 at 1:26 am | Reply
  3. Buy PBN Links - Buy High Quality Private Blog Network Backlinks

    Is anyone in a position to recommend comprehensive Calligraphy B2B Mailing List? Thank you 🙂

    https://images.google.com.py/url?q=https://www.tastewhatyouremissing.com/buyers-guide-to-babydolls-lingerie/

    June 27, 2021 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  4. www.pharmaceptica.com

    tadalafil citrate https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  5. www.pharmaceptica.com

    chloroquinr https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  6. VaporFi

    I run a vape store directory site and we have had a listing from a vape shop in the United States that likewise advertises CBD items. A Month later, PayPal has written to use to claim that our account has been limited and have requested us to take out PayPal as a payment method from our vape store directory. We do not sell CBD items like CBD oil. We simply provide web marketing professional services to CBD firms. I have checked out Holland & Barrett– the UK's Well known Health and wellness Merchant and if you take a good look, you will see that they offer for sale a somewhat considerable stable of CBD goods, primarily CBD oil and they also happen to accept PayPal as a payment method. It emerges that PayPal is employing twos sets of rules to different companies. Due to this limitation, I can no longer take PayPal on my CBD-related site. This has limited my payment choices and currently, I am heavily contingent on Cryptocurrency payments and direct bank transfers. I have checked with a barrister from a Magic Circle law firm in London and they said that what PayPal is doing is altogether against the law and discriminatory as it should be applying an uniform standard to all firms. I am still to talk with one more attorney from a US law practice in London to see what PayPal's legal position is in the United States. Meanwhile, I would be very appreciative if anybody here at targetdomain could offer me with alternative payment processors/merchants that work with CBD firms.

    https://wikidot.win/wiki/Cbd_Cannabinol_Hemp_Extract

    June 25, 2021 at 5:31 am | Reply
  7. www.pharmaceptica.com

    hydrochloraquin https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 25, 2021 at 2:33 am | Reply
1 2

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.