January 11th, 2012
05:54 PM ET

U.S. blasts Syria's al-Assad

By Elise Labott

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the Arab League monitoring mission in Syria could not continue indefinitely, as the U.S. Embassy reduced its staff in Damascus over concern about the security situation there.

In a travel warning issued Wednesday, the State Department said it has ordered a number of embassy employees to leave the country as soon as possible.

At a press conference with Qatar's prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, Clinton said, "I think it's clear to both the prime minister and myself that the monitoring mission should not continue indefinitely."

"We cannot permit Assad and his regime to have impunity," Clinton said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "Syrians deserve a peaceful transition."

The Arab League, which suspended Syria in November over its crackdown on protesters, sent an observer mission to Syria last month. It decided to delay sending more monitors after some of its observers were attacked earlier this week.

"Two weeks ago, Arab League monitors arrived in Syria to judge whether the regime was keeping its promise to end the killings, withdraw its troops, release political prisoners and follow through on the commitments that it had made," Clinton said. "So far, the regime has not done so."

Clinton dismissed Tuesday's speech by al-Assad as "chillingly cynical." In the speech he blamed foreign interference for the 10-month old protests against his regime and vowed to crush" terrorism" with an iron fist.

In his speech, al-Assad mocked the Arab League, vowed to hit "terrorists" with an iron fist and promised reforms, but with no hint that he would relinquish the power he inherited from his father in 2000.

"Instead of taking responsibility, what we hear from President Assad in his chillingly cynical speech yesterday was only making excuses, blaming foreign countries, conspiracies," Clinton said.

The secretary of state said the United States was looking to work with the Arab League when the monitoring mission expires on January 19.

Al-Thani, who in addition to being prime minister is also foreign minister of Qatar, voiced increasing doubts that the monitors would be able to stop the bloodshed.

"I could not see up until now a successful mission, frankly speaking," al-Thani said, adding that monitors' final report later this month could help guide the next steps on the crisis.

"This report will be very important for us to make the right judgment," he said. "We hope we solve it, as we say, in the House of the Arabs but right now the Syrian government is not helping us."

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    January 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
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    January 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • J Rich

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      January 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
      • Doyle

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  61. Juan

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    January 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • J Rich

      The comments on this board are so sad. Let's all attack Hillary instead of focusing on the misery of the Syrian people. Watch this Frontline episode, and get a clue. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/syria-undercover/

      January 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  62. Bill_a_bob

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    January 12, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
  63. driveby_poster

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    War criminals, Treason, you name it – where are the guillotines??

    January 12, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply
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      January 12, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  68. George N. Weezie

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    January 12, 2012 at 1:56 am | Reply
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      January 12, 2012 at 1:58 am | Reply
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      January 12, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
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      January 12, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
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    January 12, 2012 at 1:52 am | Reply
    • mig

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      January 12, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply
  72. just wow.

    wtf....all these comments are all but relative.
    1. Mike- Killing christians? really. The fighting in those two countrys is not connected, they have different reasons for their conflicts.

    2.Mr. Mike- Aligntment of nations? what muslim consipracy?Read more about Islam and its history. And whats your defintion of a radical muslim? i am pretty sure they are revolting against their leader and they happen to be muslim, and there culture and their beliefs are influencing their actions.

    3. Miguel- Just walk away from the computer.

    4. Fncee- Are you serious? no limitations? Look into whats going on in Africa and ask if the Geneva convention accord is a good thing. And look into world war 1 and Chemical agents. And then look into bio-warefare. their are 2 sides or more to every conflict, and we can do horrible things to each other that permanently ruin peoples or cultures. When you make agreements on how to go about war, you trying limit the barbarity of the whole event.

    5. Micael Guy- just "wow"

    January 12, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
  73. John Sheridan

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    January 12, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
  74. Mike

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    January 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  75. KCEddie

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    January 11, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  76. Mr Mike

    I really hate to side with a Dictator, but in light of all GOOD LIBERALS: what are we doing trying to force our belief system on another country? And who's to say that he is not the preferred leader of Syria? If he 's not, then why hasn't there been a coup by his own within the country? Why is the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD poking it's collective nose into this autonomous State, and the US STATE DEPARTMENT helping to carry their water?
    Just like EGYPT, the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD has indeed caused the disturbance in Syria. IT'S called alignment of nations. They now have Egypt, Iran, and we see how this has been working out for the world. So Hillary: What's in it for you and OBAMA?

    January 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  77. tsldu

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    January 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
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  81. DeVan

    Actually, what the Clintons did to their fellow citizens at Waco was far worse.
    Bill and Hillary Clinton should be in prison for crimes against humanity for what they did to their fellow citizens at Waco, TX, on April 19, 1993. The Waco Massacre and church burning (it was a church, not a “compound”), was the most brutal, heinous violation of civil, human and Constitutional rights in this nation's history. Innocent men, women and children were attacked with tanks, poison gas (CS gas turns to cyanide when heated) and burned alive. Those who ran from the church were machine-gunned as documented in the movie "Waco, The Rules of Engagement." If you doubt how bad this was consider that you never hear the left stream media talk about it. They want it erased from history but this memorial site will remain forever: http://www.wizardsofaz.com/waco/waco2.html
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    January 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
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  83. Miguel

    We notice CNN never mentions the French journalist who was murdered by Assad's gunmen. Hilary is the lesbian feminists' Lord Chamberlin, the fool who let WWII get off to such a horrendous start. Obama's friend is Assad, since Assad's regime in run by the totalitarian Socialist Baathist Party. Assad has nothing to fear from Obama or Hilary since they agree with his governance, no matter that they have to appear otherwise, just like CNN.

    January 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  84. frankR

    The world continues to get great laughs out of America!!! And.....they continue to laugh AT us!!! This administration is just so pathetic, it aint funny. Sure hope they get defeated this November!

    January 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  85. Flavius

    When Hillary speaks....non-Western aligned middle-Eastern leaders die.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  86. Kaptain Kanada

    Coming from Hillary, an accusation of "chilling cynicism" is hilariously hypocritical!

    January 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  87. imaguard

    They blasted him? With what? A cruise missle? He hasn't been blasted; he's alive and well and continuing to murder his own populace.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  88. John Poland

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    January 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  89. Moe1138

    Looks like the only one shocked by this development is the state department.
    Come on state department, catch up with the population.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  90. Ben

    America needs to mind its own business. Why is Clinton trying to overthrow the government of Syria? I wonder what the real Syrians think. I really do not want to see more videos of CIA operatives representing Syrians.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Mr Mike

      It'a called " appeasement by proxy". It's the Administrations objective to disregard the Agenda of Radical Islamist, and to befriend them in their "SO CALLED" humanitarian mission to all the downtrodden masses under the thumb of a Dictator, who refuses to give over his kingdom, to the IRANIAN led Muslim Objective of world domination.

      January 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  91. Laughable Sec'y of State

    When she tries to rattle sabers, Bill comes running with a drink refill.

    No, Slick Willy, that wasn't ice tinkling in her highball glass...

    January 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  92. Distressed Seven

    Yeh, you maroon, let's start with Gitmo and then the TSA, and all the other rip scams in the name of fighting "terrorism".

    January 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  93. Gordon Wagner

    Hillary Clinton accused someone of being cynical? Did she say that with a straight face?

    January 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  94. Jimbo

    Shut up Clinton.

    America needs to back off and let these guys run their own country. It isn't our place to be meddling in everything in the world, like we are the nannies of the world.

    We have to get rid of these stupid democrats.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
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    January 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
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  96. fncee

    What the people of Syria deserve is not our duty or right to enforce ... Iran is Syria's great friend ... clearly, Iran and Syria can manage to give the people of Syria exactly what Iran and Syria think they deserve and can manage. It just may be a good time to stand down in the nation's of Islam and respond when U.S. security interests are attacked ... and our responses should be as lethal and destructive as possible ... No more asymmetric fights where small victories are not worth the price and the blood they cost ... Our future fights should/must include victory and should not be fought with limitations and restrictions which inhibit our actions and reactions war zones.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Mr Mike

      Couldn't have said it better myself! Thank you.

      January 11, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  97. Michael Guy

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    Russian ships are now in syria to defend their shia allies, while China is arming Iranians with superior anti-ship missles. wonder if some of that technology came from Clinton's friends at Loral?

    January 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
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