February 6th, 2012
10:54 AM ET

Why leave Syria

By Elise Labott

One telltale sign a country is on the verge of collapse is when the U.S. embassy shutters its doors and gets out of Dodge. That threshold has now been crossed in Syria.

After weeks of pleading with Syrian authorities to beef up protection of the U.S. Embassy to no avail, the State Department was forced to pull out its skeleton staff and close the embassy. Most of the staff members were evacuated earlier in the year, and the diplomatic team was further reduced last month.

The decision to close the embassy is a big one, one not made easily. U.S. officials insist the move does not mean Washington is severing relations with Damascus.

But even though the United States isn't ending diplomatic ties, it will be sure to look that way on the surface - especially given the very public calls by everyone in the Obama administration, from the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on down - for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Even though officials said the decision to close the embassy was based solely on security concerns, the move will likely be seen as a message to Syria that "we are done with you."

The officials point to Libya, where the United States did not formally cut ties when it closed its embassy in Tripoli and it is not doing so with Syria. The closing of the embassy means only that the embassy is temporarily suspending operations and taking its people out.

Ambassador Robert Ford and the embassy staff will continue its work at the State Department's Washington headquarters, just as Gene Cretz, U.S. ambassador to Libya, set up a temporary embassy on the sixth floor of Foggy Bottom.

Ford, who has been outspoken against the Syrian government's use of violence against protesters, left for two months in October after he was attacked by what the United States called an "armed mob" in Damascus. Since his return in December, Ford has been able to get around the country, meeting with opposition figures and bearing witness to the government's crackdown.

But the ever-deteriorating security situation, coupled with the fact the government refused to add barriers and restrict traffic around the embassy, which is on a busy Damascus street, made it untenable for Ford and the remaining U.S. personnel remain there. When presented with the facts and the potential for danger to the embassy staff, Clinton made the call.

Heightened concerns about security come in the wake of last month's deadly car bombings at the offices of two Syrian security branches in Damascus. U.S. officials say the blasts bear the hallmark of al Qaeda.

While there is no conclusive evidence al Qaeda was involved, officials have more than a hunch that the group is operating in the country and, amid the shadow of instability currently in Syria, believe the United States is a significant potential target.  Right now, the State Department is more concerned about a suicide bomb in front of the embassy than an angry mob throwing tomatoes.

Poland will now serve as the "protecting power" of U.S. interests in Syria, just as Turkey protected U.S. interests in Libya last year and as Switzerland has served as the U.S. protecting power in Iran since the United States broke relations with Tehran in 1979.

The Poles will look out for the remaining U.S. citizens in Syria in the event they need to get out of trouble. The State Department believes most Americans have already left the country, and those who haven't are dual nationals who live there. The State Department has sent numerous travel advisories warning Americans to leave Syria while commercial travel is available, stopping short of screaming "get the -- out."

Ford's departure is sure to prompt other countries, which have voiced similar security concerns, to follow suit, leaving a black hole in both independent observers to the violence and outreach to the opposition.

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  26. mipolitic

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      February 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
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      February 7, 2012 at 6:57 am | Reply
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      February 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
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    • eslyter

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      February 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Freddie

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      February 7, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
      • Nadia

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        February 7, 2012 at 12:12 am |
      • marc gunn

        Nor can you compare the numbers of innocents the US killed in Iraq, not to slight the crime in Syria, but coming from the US is a total joke.

        February 7, 2012 at 1:48 am |
      • Johan Meyer

        Exactly correct – and the number that was posted in response to you is a fantasy. Like the 'hundreds' that died in Homs that was corrected to 33. Pepe Escobar has it right – and the Arab league investigator was unambiguous – the Al Qaeda terrorists that USA is training on the Syria/Turkey border are conducting urban warfare, and most of the atrocities.

        February 7, 2012 at 6:53 am |
  37. mipolitic

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    February 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  38. sailor

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    February 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • becky

      Sailor it's amazing what you say and I have to answer you ,I have no doubt that you don't have any brain nor heart , this is what I have to tell you , how in the world can we leave this goverment to kill everybody there in order for them to stay in power forever probably you have always lived under this powerful umbrella that is the USA.The only thing I wish you is you to be living under a dictatorship to learn what that means and maybe you appreciate this country even more.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
      • mx3120

        then let me ask you this... how is the US having a huge recession and economic crisis suppose to help people that arent even in their country? (its harder to win over foriegn countries rather then your own)

        by the way... you live in a dictatorship? then i find it outstanding that your reply against dictatorship even got onto the net...

        February 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Lord Haw Haw

      ...."every time time we butt in on another country's affairs, it turns into a disaster".

      Really? No shit.

      February 7, 2012 at 1:45 am | Reply
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      February 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  40. Reason

    People are blaming Russia and China. Have anybody read the news? The Russians and the chinese are just saying that the rebels are also to be blamed for the deaths of innocent citizens too.This is fair.Look there are now peaceful demonstration in Russia to voice grievances. Was any single soul killed ? Why ? Because it was peaceful but intelligent way to voice grievances. Had thre been any problems from the protesters,such as destruction of public assets then the Russian government could have taken the right action to stop them.

    February 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Antoine

      give me a break! His thugs shot at hundreds of people during funerals. He killed 3000 civilians before the dissenters realized no third country would assist them and their peaceful marches would add up to nothing! Assad is a thug and a terrorist leader. Why was it he banned journalists for a so long and when he let a few in that they are smothered with "minders". Cmon " Reason" surely you see that.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • eslyter

      A good point. The people to blame for innocent deaths are all of the ones engaging in the violence. The people we should especially stand up for are the peace-loving people in Syria. On the other hand, since the government has accepted the role of being in charge of the country, it has inherent responsibilities in the larger international community, including to protect its people from violence and harm (and especially not to kill them). In other words, more is rightfully demanded of those who purport to lead us.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  41. Peikoviany

    The US State Department serves the interests of the American people, but has no obligation to put its civilian staff in harm's way. The Syrian regime is a one-party, family dynasty, not a secular democratic republic of laws that another nation must respect. The Syrian Baath Party is supported by Iranian Ayatollahs and their police state, and they have both contributed to the Hezbollah wars against Christians in Lebanon and Jews in Israel. Exiting Syria makes sense.

    February 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  42. Reason

    Why are people saying obama is weak?. Do Americans want America to be bombing every nation on earth to prove her might? What is the problem with you people? You can only say Obama is weak ,when the president refuses to defend America if attacked and only to say thank you to the aggressor for bombing America.

    February 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • Antoine

      Assad needs to be told that his behavior is equal to war crimes!! He must be punished! It doesnt mean he is going to be bombed. But the Assad dictatorship will eventually pay and hopefully Bashar will suffer the same fate as Ghaddafy!!

      February 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  43. KaraOK

    I think I know why President Drone Strike is positioning himself for some more excellent middle eastern adventures – he doesn't want to lose his second Peace Prize to President Assad!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • John N. Seattle, WA

      Your ignorance and political bias are both astounding!d I really weep for the whole species when I see an ignorant post like this. Why don't you turn off the Glen Beck, quit drinking the Republican kool-aid, and EDUCATE YOURSELF on the issues before spouting off? Hmm?

      February 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • KaraOK

        Drone stikes in Yemen. Drone strikes in Pakistan. Thousands of sorties in Libya. Special Forces sent to Uganda. Pretty peaceful, eh? Get a clue you uncritical cheer leader.

        February 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
      • Antoine

        don't you love how Liberals never consider themselves to have a bias. Its always the conservatives or those that share there views that are bias. John is just another left coast Liberal / aka big city liberal.

        February 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
      • Kill The Wabbit

        WOW !


        don't you love how Liberals never consider themselves to have a bias. Its always the conservatives or those that share there views that are bias. John is just another left coast Liberal / aka big city liberal.

        The twisted logic here just blew my mind.

        February 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  44. Stephen

    If this isn't motivation to be energy independent I don't know what is. Once we do, this entire region (Egypt is in North Africa, but it's still Muslim) can be nuked.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • MinuteMan

      Do you honestly think anyone is gonna get nuked? There are to many bankers pulling strings, nukes are bad for business and the powers that be arent going to let their cash flow be interupted.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • John N. Seattle, WA

      Another ignorant post. Why dont you ask the MILLIONS of innocent people in Syria how they would feel if we just "nuked" the problem away? The problem isn't the people, or the religion, but a few twisted individuals who are clinging to power. Your "solution" REEKS of prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry. I would feel much better if our world included fewer people who think like you, but I dont preach the nuking of rednecks...

      February 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Kill The Wabbit

      Egypt doesnt have oil.
      Please log off your computer until you get an education.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
    • Obstinate Observer

      Wow. Even Glen Beck draws the line at nuking the Middle East. You must be a REAL tough guy to suggest the US drop the hammer on an entire region for being Muslim – more than likely one of those people that has never ventured outside his home state, but considers himself an expert on world politics because he "knows some guys in the Army" who have been there.

      Next time try typing without the piece of straw between your teeth and bottle of Jack in one hand.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  45. mipolitic

    well getting back to the story , the reason the obama gang is leaving syria is because putin said get the HELL OUT NOW. and with 19 detained americans detained in egypt , i have a feeling we will be leaving there to with out them. i hope not. bush and cheney crashed the bus but obama is polling the people on the bus as it goes over a cliff with on one at the wheel.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • Kill The Wabbit

      There are over three hundred million people living in America, and you are complaining about a few
      in Egypt.
      If Obama got those people out of Egypt, you will be screaming
      that Obama is ignoring the three hundred million in America.

      Doesnt matter what Obama does,
      you will find fault.

      People like you just love to attack President Obama,
      but completely ignore eight years under George Bush.

      The brainwashing is complete.

      Let me tell you one more thing about George Bush.
      He got elected under the "republican" banner,
      but he was a NEOCON.
      He could care "less" about republicans, democrats or anyone.

      You want to get educated, go read "PNAC"
      Plan for a new american century.
      Has NOTHING to do with Republicans, has everything to do
      with world domination.
      You will be amazed at the names tossed around in this book,
      and the people who wrote it.
      Educate yourself about American politics,
      you may understand why we are in this mess.

      This is not a football game, and you are rooting for your side.
      This is real life, and it affects everybody on this planet.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
      • RagMcmuffin

        Yes I agree. I am from Texas and I am republican and George Bush screwed up the country...Obama did have a chance. Apparently this guy never watches TV

        February 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
      • RagMcmuffin

        Yes I agree. I am from Texas and I am republican and George Bush screwed up the country...Obama did not have a chance. Apparently this guy never watches TV

        February 6, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  46. Bill S.

    Why leave? Because we don't them to grab our people when we start to send the weapons in to the rebels. Or have 'friends' in the region send them in . Something BIG is being planned for the Middle East. Diplomats don't call countries ugly names (disgusting, travesty etc.)for no reason.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • mipolitic

      it will never happen because assad would point his finger at israel which would result in a regional war, israel is concerned with iran not assad.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  47. tommy

    Yup, the mature way to solve problems is not to communicate. Obama has totally caved to the powers that be doing the same old stupid stuff.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Dude...

      that's quite a reach...

      February 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Grace Of The Witch


      Yup, the mature way to solve problems is not to communicate. Obama has totally caved to the powers that be doing the same old stupid stuff.

      I dont understand this post.
      Who is Obama not communicating with ?
      What powers has he caved in to ?

      My guess is that people who dont like our president just post
      crap, with no facts, to make themselves feel good.

      You can go back to eating your cheetos, and sticking your finger
      up your nose.
      The rest of us are not fooled.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  48. YourEventualOwner

    Funny....when we have peaceful demonstrations like Occupy, our own police choose to kill some of us. But that's ok, huh? In the name of law? Our gov't seems to think they know best for other gov'ts, but won't take any advice from the others about our own misdeeds. Let's face it....this ol' USA gov't needs a good talkin' to. Special? Moral compass? What a bunch of hideous hypocritcal crap. Don'tcha think the rest of the world (you know...the world that went to hell in a bad economy that the USA and it's bankers and leaders caused) ought to demand that our gov't should step down? But they're in power, so they can keep wrecking things for a bit longer. Then.......their power goes away.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Documented violence is rampant among the occupiers.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
      • YourEventualOwner

        sedition is a right given to oneself.

        February 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • ThrillMe

      Yeah, kind of a little different being our representatives are just that, elected officials, and the people in power that are being asked to step down are basically dictators who were not voted in by any means. Now, if you want to do away with the 2party system in the US, you'd gain me as a supporter. Capitalism in this country has overgrown the basic systems of govt' and is now corrupted the entire coutnry/world... with the already wealthy and big corps getting all of the perks/benefits, while the 99% (taxpayers) try harder just to find themselfs further away from their goals.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • dreamer96

      Well GWBush and Cheney are gone, and our respect around the world jumped back up that day...and has been going up every since...It's hard to recover from Regan selling WMD's to Iraq, you know, and then decades of trying to get them back..

      February 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
      • PM

        Sighhh. Don't you "one hit wonders" ever get tired of useless rhetoric? This is a country that has been a puppet state of the Soviets/Russians for decades. This has nothing to do with President Bush, et al., but with a dictator regime similar to what Hussein had in Iraq and mirrors what the Chinese and Russians continue to have today. They do not care about their citizens but only keeping themselves in power. You should be thanking Pres Reagan for the demise of the Soviet bloc which allowed the events of the past 20 years to even be considered much less acted upon. yes, Saddam was a wonderful stabilizing force in teh region wasn't he? Why not ask the millions of freed Iraqis if they want him back or appreciate what the USA did under President Bush. Get a grip on reality and grow up.

        February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
      • dreamer96


        Does that stand for Pre mature?

        Reagan did not know the USSR was going to fall...does not deserve the credit for that, The USSR economic system was doomed to failure...If you want to thank someone for the fall of the USSR, then thank Nixon for separating USSR and China...He did more to end USSR then Reagan did...And I would not thank either Bush's for Iraq...GHBush, Rumseld, Cheney, Newt all helped sell and supply Saddam and Iraq with Anthrax, Sarin Gas, and Mustard Gas, and Botuilism, diluted Agent Orange...meddling in other governments under Reagan's foreign policy of arming anybody that would fight our enemies for us was a disaster that killed millions in the middle east and thousands of our U.S. Troops...

        February 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • Buzzer

      Fatalities of U.S. citizens at an Occupy protest due to police action, or are you referring to fatalities at previous protests due to police action? Hope it wasn't the former, because I think the world missed that story. Occupy peaceful? For the most part, but I'll bet you'll get a different story from the folks in Oakland.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • MinuteMan

      Just look at it this way, nature always seeks balance, and things will balance themselves eventually, with or without the help of a human hand. We can blow ourselves to pieces nature will continue with or without us.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  49. Paul

    Mr. Obama, what would you do if the Tea Party or even the occupiers were staging massive violent demonstrations against your administration and were demanding that you step down?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Voice of Reason

      I don't get why people think that US diplomats in US embassies are supposed to adopt the host country's customs and culture. Each embassy is sovereign US soil and it isn't our job to be the cultural McDonald's with everything on the menu, it's our job to be Americans with American interests. Accommodate for other cultures, yes, cover women with Burqas, no.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • BK

      If history is anything to go by, the US generally denounces things happening in other nations but does them anyway if the same situation happens here. To be fair however, neither the tea party or occupy has of yet reached the fevered pitch of the protestors in Syria. It would not surprise me if Occupy did later, though I doubt the Tea Party has the legs for it.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • Buzzer

      He would think twice before using deadly force to quel the protestors...the 2nd Amendment is a beautiful thing and absolutely necessary to stop governmental tyranny...tyranny that is being leveled by a small minority trying to hold on to power.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • Grace Of The Witch

      *** Paul

      Mr. Obama, what would you do if the Tea Party or even the occupiers were staging massive violent demonstrations against your administration and were demanding that you step down?
      They are not.
      Your question is a complete waste.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  50. Luke

    I see CNN is screening comments so truth that the 'powers that be' dont want ,wont be posted....Anyway...
    The Warmongering Obama Administratoin and NATO...The North American Terrorist Organization..are right on their ORIGINAL Globalist pushed plan....to sell everyone that another Libya type invasion is their only alternative.
    Bomb the Hell out of the country,killing more innocent civilians that anything else.
    This new War along with War with Iran will risk putting starting WW3.
    Russia and China have vowd to defend Iran and support Sierya in such a conflict.
    But the west, Obama ,NATO dont give acrapp.
    More of our Soldiers coming home in flag drapped coffins,fighting SOMEBODY ELES' WARS!!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • John N. Seattle, WA

      Funny! How is the "warmongering Obama administration" different from the "warmongering Bush administration"? Bush actually got us stuck in TWO (count em!) TWO wars, which we are just now starting to wind down. Funny how labels are tossed around when "the other guy" is in office, whether he deserves them or not! Go back to watching Fox, dude, and quit bringing down the average IQ of posters HERE. Take your vile accusations back to where other ignoramuses will actually pay attention to it!

      February 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
    • Grace Of The Witch

      You have the attention span of a gnat.
      Obama has ended the Iraq war,
      winding down Afghanistan,
      and we had limited involvement in Libya.
      You must be thinking of George Bush.
      Your Hero.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  51. Jt_flyer

    Every time we close an embassy the following 10 years are filled with a nation-draing war. Haven't we paid enough?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      We? What have you done besides sit on your computer and complain about Bush?

      February 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • Grace Of The Witch

      nation-draing war ?????
      What is that ????

      February 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  52. spimero

    See spooky face in video at 1:26. Bad Omen. stay away.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  53. KaraOK

    President Peace Prize illegally targets American citizens with drone strikes. And he sends his drones to kill people in Yemen and Pakistan and Libya. Then he goes ahead and loses a highly sensitive drone while spying on Iran. And he sent Special Forces to Uganda. On the home front, he signed off on indefinite detention, broke his promise to close Gitmo, and perpetuated the Patriot Act. So the obvious next step in his role as a Peace Prize recipient will be to order strikes on Syria.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • jb

      So did the Shrub, and remember he's the one that started all of this with no end game in mind, except to make his buddies rich.
      At least now, we’re out of one ****hole and will be out of the other next year, I just pray we don't go into Iran.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • KaraOK

        Yer pretty dumb. The Iraq Resolution or the Iraq War Resolution (formally the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002,[1] Pub.L. 107-243, 116 Stat. 1498, enacted October 16, 2002, H.J.Res. 114) is a joint resolution passed by the United States CONGRESS in October 2002 as Public Law No: 107-243, authorizing military action against Iraq.

        February 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
      • Grace Of The Witch

        *** False information given to congress, and later to the UN.

        Many people including Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton have said,
        that if they had the true information, they would not have voted for the Iraq war.


        Yer pretty dumb. The Iraq Resolution or the Iraq War Resolution (formally the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002,[1] Pub.L. 107-243, 116 Stat. 1498, enacted October 16, 2002, H.J.Res. 114) is a joint resolution passed by the United States CONGRESS in October 2002 as Public Law No: 107-243, authorizing military action against

        February 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
      • KaraOK

        "false info given to Congress" – so tell me Einstein, exactly who did the giving of said information???

        February 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
      • KaraOK

        And by the way, here is a list of some of the reasons cited in the resolution that CONGRESS passed that – do note the half dozen or so bullet points that DON'T have anything to do with WMD...

        The resolution cited many factors to justify the use of military force against Iraq:
        Iraq's noncompliance with the conditions of the 1991 ceasefire agreement, including interference with U.N. weapons inspectors.
        Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, and programs to develop such weapons, posed a "threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region."
        Iraq's "brutal repression of its civilian population."
        Iraq's "capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people".
        Iraq's hostility towards the United States as demonstrated by the 1993 assassination attempt on former President George H. W. Bush and firing on coalition aircraft enforcing the no-fly zones following the 1991 Gulf War.
        Members of al-Qaeda, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq.
        Iraq's "continu[ing] to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations," including anti-United States terrorist organizations.
        Iraq paid bounty to families of suicide bombers.
        The efforts by the Congress and the President to fight terrorists, and those who aided or harbored them.
        The authorization by the Constitution and the Congress for the President to fight anti-United States terrorism.
        The governments in Turkey, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia feared Saddam and wanted him removed from power.
        Citing the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, the resolution reiterated that it should be the policy of the United States to remove the Saddam Hussein regime and promote a democratic replacement.

        February 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • MinuteMan

      US citizens have become sheep, they are more concerned with the entertainment industry then world affairs. The government does what it wants, US citizens dont care.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
      • jb

        Caring and wildly striking out at anyone at any time are principals at opposite ends of the spectrum. Not to mention being a strong armed bully with nor plan is not in any way gallant, strong or smart.

        February 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • The Big Cheese

      To KaraOK,
      Its simple misguided people like you that start the witch hunts. There is more to global politics and warfare that you fail to see and understand. People do not understand the pressure the president goes through, and the calls he has to make. it takes more then you could do. He has to live with his actions for the rest of his life. He made the call to take out Bin Laden, yes he needed to die but can it sit on our soul that your the one that said "kill a human" as for warfare, there is casualties and he has to live with the thought that his commands had possible innocent lives lost. He did not lose a drone, it was a fluke and are you that clueless to think that Russia doesn't have spies here? It kills me to see people like you act how superior you are and more knowledgeable then the President...but yet.. your not the President. Why...you don't have the skills or abilities to be president of a comic book store. As for the Noble Peace Prize he earned it..go read up on the qualifications. What made him the holder of such glory is for ONCE, we have a President that says "Hey..you are your own country, we are going to stop pushing our way across the world, we are not the holy grail of political greatness, we need to work together as countries,, not the USA push its way in. We are NOT the guardians of the world" Obama has his flaws, and like EVERY politician.. fail at some of the promises. Obama is the first president in a long time that said we have our own problems..lets take care of ourselves..rather then cover it up like the GOP does. I for one am ready to pay higher taxes to make a better world for my children..are you?? Most likely not..you want your iPad and 60 inch LED TV and monster SUV. Give the President a break, he has accomplished more in his 4 year term then you will in your entire life. Oh..by the way.. I am a REpublican, and I voted for him the first time because of the idiotic move of the GOP to select a psychopath as a VP runner. So far the GOP this election has been nothing but spoiled children. Anyway...

      February 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
      • KaraOK

        Every observation I made is still irrefutable, and your lab1a still hurts.

        February 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • mipolitic

      well if they had given obama a wisdom prize iwould disagree.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  54. jb

    Close all of the current hot spot embassies (Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan Syria, Lebanon and just about any place that ends in stan, and cut all diplomatic ties with the entire lot. Cancel their current visas here and send them home in a proper civilized manner. That way anyone from the Middle East found here will be considered a terrorist and dealt with accordingly.
    We really don't need them as much as they need us. There is oil here and then an incentive to cut back on it. We already get enough cheap crap for China and Taiwan. When they decide to govern themselves in a civilized manner begin talking to them on a neutral site.
    We need to quit acting as a world cop and going around with A/C Carrier task forces shoving our ideals on Bronze Age religion orientated peoples. If someone else steps up to do this; Fine! Let them spend the money and take the responsibility for just angering everyone all the time for no return on investment.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Arthur 11

      Well put.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
    • jesuschristthesepeople

      It is a shame people like you still exist in the general public in any amount other then a loud minority. My dad is from Iran, he came to the U.S. in 1962, served two-tours in Vietnam and is an orthopedic surgeon. His sister, whom I have never met is, coincidentally to your posting, in the U.S. now due to the fruits of her TEN YEAR quest to get a visa to visit her brother and meet his children (oldest 49) and grandchildren. They are both secular, and both, like the majority in Iran, hate the current government. And if you would of had your way, she never would of been able to come over, which by the way had to be secured through Dubai because we don't have an embassy in Iran, not since the U.S. used it to overthrow Mossadegh in the 50s, but I am sure you know all about that.

      Your statement punished the people of Iran, the majority of Iranians today are under 30, college educate. and SECULAR. Labeling all middle-easterners 'terrorists', is a tragic misservice of your own intelligence, and succeeds 110% in making you look like a mental midget with nothing but fear in your heart. You need to do some reading, and soul searching sir. Because you are just a scratch deep on a mile-wide issue.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
      • txwoodworker

        So what? We don't need any Iranians here. Go home and fix your country and we'll stay here and take care of ours. No more of us need to die for your cause.

        February 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
      • jesuschristthesepeople

        I was born in this country. I am as American as you idiot. My father has lived in this country 3x longer than he lived in Iran. You are a categorical moron, you have poor genetics and your brain is lacking in developmental cognitive folds. You and your kin are doomed to be below the spectrum. How dare you tell me to go back to 'my country', a country I have never been to, don't speak the language of, and am an atheist in regards to organized religion. How about YOU go back to YOUR country, most likely originating in England, Frane or Germany. We will fix OUR country the US, and you go fix YOUR european origination country. How does that roll off your back there fool?

        February 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
      • Grace Of The Witch

        The United States Of America is made up from immigrants from all over the world.
        My grandparents came here from Sicily in the 1920's.
        There are two post's below.
        You be the judge about what is happening to our country.
        Just remember that lady on the rock, and what she stands for.


        It is a shame people like you still exist in the general public in any amount other then a loud minority. My dad is from Iran, he came to the U.S. in 1962, served two-tours in Vietnam and is an orthopedic surgeon. His sister, whom I have never met is, coincidentally to your posting, in the U.S. now due to the fruits of her TEN YEAR quest to get a visa to visit her brother and meet his children (oldest 49) and grandchildren. They are both secular, and both, like the majority in Iran, hate the current government. And if you would of had your way, she never would of been able to come over, which by the way had to be secured through Dubai because we don't have an embassy in Iran, not since the U.S. used it to overthrow Mossadegh in the 50s, but I am sure you know all about that.

        Your statement punished the people of Iran, the majority of Iranians today are under 30, college educate. and SECULAR. Labeling all middle-easterners 'terrorists', is a tragic misservice of your own intelligence, and succeeds 110% in making you look like a mental midget with nothing but fear in your heart. You need to do some reading, and soul searching sir. Because you are just a scratch deep on a mile-wide issue.

        February 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply

        So what? We don't need any Iranians here. Go home and fix your country and we'll stay here and take care of ours. No more of us need to die for your cause.
        How sad that we have forgotten other human beings.
        We have one planet, but we draw lines in the sandbox,
        and we exclude anybody that is not like "us".

        The "God" sollution doesnt work, because everybody has a different version of what God is.
        The "government" solution doesnt work as everybody has a different version of government.
        The "war" sollution does not work because you can vanquish an enemy, but it creates more hate, and more war.

        So what is the sollution ?

        February 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
      • jesuschristthesepeople


        Who the hell is dying for 'your cause', anyway? That statement makes on sense, it is so incredibly disappointing that you are a fellow citizen of mie, you have no excuse in this modern world, if you were an Afghani goat farmer with no literacy then you would have an excuse to be so void of knowledge. In 2012 in the most powerful, and best country on the planet? No, excuse, at all. Incredibly dumb and maleable organic pile of stupid. You should remove the fact you are 1) from Texas 2) work with wood. You are making the great state of Texas, and all men who work with wood in any capacity, as bad as the moniker of stereotypical layman, uneducated and confused, but angry and loud. Please die early, and don't reproduce, thanks bro.

        February 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • jesuschristthesepeople

      Also realize we are amongst the most 'religious orientated peoples' in all of the developed world. Simply google 'US religion compared to Europe', or 'US atheism compared to world'. That nothing of yours is correct, and I agree 100% with the secularization of cultures, but it applies to the U.S. almost as much as it does radical Islam, a hair less, but extrapolated over wasted money on foreign wars, and unwavering support of Israel, and it quickly seems as absurd. These are all the interests of a culture intertwined with christian fundamentalism and zionistic belief in the judaic prophecy of Jesus Christ.

      All of which I of course find absurd. Bible, Koran, Torah, throw all of them in the garbage.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  55. jesuschristthesepeople

    Call me crazy but is this building up to the U.S. using precision munitions to "help the people" of Syria?

    ...but in reality is a deliberate mechanism to taunt, and antagonize the Ayatollah of Iran into making a strongly rhetorical defense of their shi'a ally Al-Assad. This rhetorical threat will be an 'excuse-tool' for the US government to build a quick sentiment in support of Israel in their hankering to bomb the heavy water reactor sites before Iran moves them under Qom.

    This is a bait and switch. The US government, but more keenly, Israel is goading the Ayatollah into looking unpredictable, violent, and capable. Giving the requisite fear needed to let the political capital build more rapidly in a critical election year for an incumbent president.

    We shall see.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • MinuteMan

      Im glad im not the only one to see this coming.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  56. glyder

    welcome to caliphate.the arabs will unite.the objectives are the destruction of the u.s. and israel.it's not important if we believe in the 12th imam.the fact that they do is.they will win the battles but lose the war.jesus will trample them.and we will all be judged.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Center Of The Universe

      12th imam.

      There seems to be people on many sides of the religious order,
      who are hellbent on making some kind of prophecy happen.
      The truth about mankind is about to be revealed.
      Your DNA has been manipulated.
      You are a slave race.
      Your masters are your leaders who control you,
      by war, money, and religion.
      Your planet is a cage.
      You have the key.
      You just have to find it.

      February 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  57. Bob Hanny

    Who cares.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  58. Ken

    Any Americans around the world should leave a country when the US issues orders cut cut Embassy staff to mininums and any Americans that choose to remain in a country after such a warning should understand they are staying at their own risk. I'm getting tired of Americans claiming "I've lived in this country for 10 years and I will be safe". Then when they are picked up, injured or imprisoned, they scream for the US Government to come get them out. When the fire department comes into a building and says get out, if you remain, you do it at your own peril.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  59. Belal

    Obama is a weak man. he allows stupid country like China and Rasha to have a high voice. he think he mimic Bell Clinton. But Bell did a great job even without the security council in Yuguslavia..................
    See the big difference!!!!!!!!!!!
    Obama is going to make US behind many other country, even England and France

    February 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • sbp

      Who is this Bell Clinton guy?

      February 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • DC

      Russia and China were members of the UN before Obama. Place your blame on the UN council, not Obama. Frankly I do not want to start bombing Syria. Too many people will die. When will the Arab countries start to pull their weight? Why does the USA have to be the world's policemen. And then we are hated for doing that.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
      • Raj


        February 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Solex

      First, if you are going to berate someone using the English language – learn to write it properly.

      Second, how exactly do you "rate" the countries? GDP? Army size? How much debt you hold?

      Who cares if America is "first" or "last"? I care that it is a place to be proud of, and persons like yourself CONSTANTLY confuse strength and might.

      And if you don't know the difference, then you are part of the reason we are slipping.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • knez011


      First learn English before speaking up; second, your "Bell" Clinton did a crappy job in Yugoslavia; didn't really resolve anything after bombing a sovereign European nation for 77 days; people are still at each other's throats, but you wouldn't know it; thirdly, I bet you are here in the United States, spewing venom at everyone for not bombing Syria – perhaps you should go there and support the fight yourself instead of blaming others. It is the Syrian people who voted both Asads in the office, it is the Syrian people who need to take them (him) down...

      February 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
      • Treebeard

        Clinton got Serbia to stop genocide on Bosian Muslims.
        The people of Serejevo love the Clintons.

        February 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
      • knez011

        No, he bombed Serbia because it was taking care of Kosovo albanians – not unlike what Israel does every day to rocket-launching palestinians. Neither Serbia or Bosnian Serbs were called "genocidal" by either UN or anyone worth respect, except for trolls like yourself; while I am not proud of what became known as Srebrenica, many Bosnian Serbs were massacred by their Bosnian moslem or Bosnian croatian neighbours first. The war was terrible for everyone, not just the moslems, my friend. And now, that SarAjevo has daily flights to Tehran, Istambul, and general Middle east, I doubt that many Bosnians feel that Bill Clinton did them much good. In any case, he did it without the UN mandate, so there you go. We have our Republika Srpska, pretty happy with that, thanks...

        February 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • concerned

      You can't even spell or talk correctly and you complain about the United States President??!!!

      February 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • ChaunceyJenkins

      Didn't Bell Clinton used to play left wing for the Devils?

      February 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Treebeard


      New country ?
      I will have to look it up.
      I wonder if they speak Rashan.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Boomer

      You are a fool. Don't attempt to understand things far beyond your comprehension.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • Boink

      You be frum Belastan ?
      You no speaka enklish ?

      February 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • Laurel Bell

      Thank you for your honest and heart-felt comments. While I may not agree with your post entirely, you certainly deserved more polite responses than what you received. I bet you can speak more languages than many of these commentors.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  60. Belal

    This is a call from the besieged people of Syria to you in the United Nation Security Council and to the people of the states who are members of “Charter of United Nation”:
    The people who have signed on the charter have said:
    "We the people of the united nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small”
    Therefore, what we are asking is guaranteed in the content of the charter.
    Is the right of liberty forbidden?
    Is it forbidden to defense of our dignity?
    Is the right of life forbidden?
    We again, appeal you to protect our children, the charter says, “to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security”
    We urge you once again to commit the contents of our charter by sending forces, human delegations and media to protect civilians and explore the war crimes committing against us.
    As long as you are unable to establish a secured zone, we impose you to establish areas for safe hospitals to cure our wounded and outlets to secure food and medicine.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • DC

      Belal – direct this to China and Russia. They are the ones that veto the UN resolution and Russia is selling arms to Syria. The other UN members voted for the sanctions.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • Heywood Jabblome

        He probably would if either had an open news blog that allowed comments. It's all about money. Arms sales trump human life everytime...especially since the end result of the "product" is loss of life in the first place. I'm guessing the Russians are looking at it as a re-stocking event.

        February 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Yakobi

      I also remember when this first started, the rebels wanted the U.S. to stay out (they have no love for us).
      Now that Assad is cracking down hard, they're desperate for help? Sorry, but you're on your own.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • knez011

      And to fortify the absurdity of your argument, you now call upon the "charter of the United Nations", whereas in your previous post (above) you just finished glorifying "Bell" for doing something exactly opposite....

      February 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  61. Xfinity

    Step 1 remove all US personnel
    Step 2 Commence bombing

    February 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • Stuck in the Middle

      That is PRECISELY what I was thinking. Yeah, there were security concerns but this is exactly how Libya played out: remove the ambassador and embassy staff and families and then comes the drones. Get ready for another round of drones from NATO since the UN can't do anything.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  62. mipolitic

    when the english interpried was ask by the syrian people what the obama gang were saying as they were running away from the embassy , the interpried said they were saying , run quick here comes putin we can not get bogged down with him, we have a re-election to WORRY about.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  63. Rags

    Best thing to do is to send BONhER and CAN'Tor over there on a fact finding mission. Maybe we'll all be lucky and they'll like it so much they won't come back.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • Ed

      So tell me why your boy obama didn't start an illegal war with Syria like he did Libya? What's the difference?

      February 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
      • knez011

        Good question...

        February 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • Boink

        Obama didnt start a war with Libya.
        That would be England and France.
        Feel better ?

        February 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  64. M1sf1ts

    Obama is Flaccid in the face of this Massacre.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • JuneCleaversBeaver

      Flaccid is a great adjective for the noun I use for him. Flaccid D!ck is perfect!

      February 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  65. not a syrian or russian

    I am from Texas and work as truck driver for apple pie company.

    It is very important to bring people home. Why should USA police world? World can take care of its selves. Too long USA fought dumb wars. Time to bring all troops home and let rest of world take care of their own problems. Bring troops home now. No more bad wars. Let Syria sort out their own problem.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • PJB

      Yes, your omission of the definite article, prepositions, and the plural, as well as your use of sentence fragments, surely has me believing that you are a native English speaker *rolls eyes*.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
      • Yakov Smirnoff

        Haha, yes. I have met many an Apple Pie delivering Texan Truck Driver, all salt of the earth people. But then again, I am a sleigh driver from Yakutsk working for a Vodka Company.

        February 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • Ed

        You have superiority issues. You must be one of those cosmic know-it-all liberal socialists.

        February 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • agentgirl

      First. it's the world not world secondly it is our duty to help those being terrorized. If we just stand back and do nothing then who is going to help us when we need it?

      February 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Boink

      Shure, and i am the king of potsylvania.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  66. LuckyNucky

    Maybe somebody could explain why Iran (Shia) and Syria (Sunni) get along. These two Muslim religions generally want no part of each other.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • jj

      Because terrorist muslim murderers get along..

      February 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
      • Rags

        Iran is Persian. Not Muslim.

        February 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • Kevin

        Iran is Persian not Arab. They are still Muslim (religion)

        February 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • MJ

        Iran is ethinically Persian, which has nothing to do with their religion, which is Shi'a Islam.

        February 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • midogs2

      @Rags, Persia is a culture, not a religion.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • joelpeter

      Because while the majority of Syrians are Sunni, the government is from the Alawite minority, aligned with Shia Moslems.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  67. LarryW

    Unlike in Libya, the Arab League gave the US and Nato cover, but also, the Libyan revolution against Khadafi was well underway when US starting bombing and giving air support. Both Russian and China are condemning Syria but not backing the UN resolutions.

    Another country, another, but similar problem. We've got an increasing tinderbox in Egypt, Iraq remains an issue, Iran and nukes/Israel wants strike, Iran supposedly helping the Syrian government, Pakistan a basket case. US in debt over unfunded wars by Bush, some in Congress were itching to impeach Obama for what was truly a nicely executed Libyan offensive.

    Congress wants to be involved in "presidential" wars, but they don't want to take responsibility either. GOP politics - no talk from GOP candidates. But, whatever Obama does we know the GOP will say he was wrong and want to impeach him.

    What about Nato allies. France, Britain, Germany. Are they willing to support a Syrian offensive to give the US cover? Would US population support an intervention (ie.would Fox News tell the US people what they should think?). Now that the SuperBowl is over, will the American people care to understand the issues enough to have an informed opinion on what our next steps should be?

    Russia and China had no dog in the hunt in Libya; both do in Syria. Maybe it needs to be up to them this time?

    February 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      Neither China or Russia seem to care about the massacre going on in Syria. Instead of whining about it while it interrupts your soccer viewing and posting of anti-republican rhetoric, how about finding out if the Syrian rebels want NATO to intercede?

      February 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
      • Fire On High

        How about finding out if the Syrian rebels want NATO to intercede?

        They have requested help.
        Bad idea.
        NATO would not only be fighting Assads army, but Iranian and Russian troops.
        People have been throwing around WW3,
        but this thing could get out of hand very quickly.
        Seems like the cold war has returned.

        February 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Mike

      Nice intelligent post....how refreshing.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  68. jerrystr

    Foreign countries have the right and freedom to choose chaos over order. If the people choose to be slaughtered by thier leaders they support, it is thier business. Everytime we save lives or give them the guft of freedom on a golden platter (own young men giving thier young lives that is) they spit in our faces and set thier IED factories. We should only be helping English speaking countries since they are the only countries who seem to understand freedom and are willing to fight for freedom.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • H G Wells

      That would be only England!

      February 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      Jerrystr, Foreign countries have the right and freedom to choose chaos over order, true. But do you really believe THE PEOPLE chose to be slaughtered? Do you even know why they're being killed? It's because THE PEOPLE are opposing the rulers and want them ousted, and for this are being shot and murdered, innocent men women, children included!
      Rights and freedom? Puhleeeze! Our government has arrested thousands durning the OWS movement, but do you see them bombing cities and sniping the innocent?
      The US pulled it's embassy, leaving the medics and those trying to help the injured to fend for themselves.
      The Russian and Chinese weapons aren't being delivered to said innocent, their being bought and delivered to an army of thugs that wish to rule at all cost.

      Read what's happening to THE PEOPLE before casting your vote.
      And as for English speaking nations, try learing to spell said language...it's their, not thier.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • Dance This Mess Around

      *** This just may be the most stupid comment i have heard.
      People "choose" to be slaughtered. You are insane.


      Foreign countries have the right and freedom to choose chaos over order. If the people choose to be slaughtered by thier leaders they support, it is thier business. Everytime we save lives or give them the guft of freedom on a golden platter (own

      February 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  69. Fredflintstone

    Please Stop the Violence……………………………Well I tried.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      Let me have a go at it:

      Please stop the fighting and go on home. Did it work?

      February 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Ed

      Can't we all just get along,,,,,,,,,,,?

      February 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Dance This Mess Around

      Send in Bamm Bamm, maybe that will help......
      probably not.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  70. carrie

    Wars have been going on since time began. First and foremost, we only get involved for our own agenda's. The USA has helped plenty of "dictators" take complete control of other countries. As long as they meet our agenda the USA doesnt really care about the people it is just an excuse we use to further our own agenda. And yeah war is hell but there has always been plenty in it for us, make no mistake. We only really have one ally in the middle east and that is Israel . And look how we treat her! Propaganda works on American soil just as well as it does (maybe even better) any where else. You tell a lie long enough pretty soon people began to take as truth.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      "Look at how we treat her!"
      Um, we treat her by giving her $3,000,000,000 in aid every year.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  71. toadears

    If the US is smart, and that is sometimes not always true, they will pull back and appear defeated while secretly arming the rebels with bigger weapons. China and Russia will get into a spat over who gets the spoils from Syria which will send China back to support the US position against Russia. None of the players care about Syria. It's all about the gas and oil, per usual with foreign intervention in the Middle East. Who knows? There could be so trade agreement between Syria and some other country that our foreign intelligence is now courting. There are no clear plays on the table in this card game yet. God, help the Syrian people.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • mipolitic

      dude if this were to happen fingers would be pointed at israel and the entire region would slide into war. try again dude

      February 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • Dance This Mess Around

      Syria has no oil.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  72. Joseph

    When are you going to WAKE UP! The rich are buried in money while we work endlessly for them. Time to make a change for the BETTER!

    Google the terms "Cash Simple Stock" and click the very first site! Go straight to the Penny' Stock section to find out how YOU can learn what the rich already know!


    February 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      Exactly, like not voting for any Repugs.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  73. marc

    Leave all these foreign countries, stop giving them all money, cut off all help, build up our nukes,even more and blast their asses when they f87k with us. Plain and simple.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
    • Just Saying


      "For every problem there is a solution which is simple, clean and wrong. H. L. Mencken

      “Complex problems have simple, easy to understand, wrong answers.” H. L. Mencken

      Of all the options available to us, your approach would be the surest possible path to our destruction. I could say more but, quite frankly, I doubt that you have either sufficient intellligence or knowledge to understand any of what I would say.

      It's true what they say, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

      Just Saying...

      February 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Joe - Plant City, Florida

      Get help. You seem to be quite unbalanced and angry. Syria is a place full of many good people, much like your neighbors. The problem is the government, not the people. Wiping them the *$%^$% out as you so delicately put it, would be genocide. Should some other nation decide that their target should be you and your peace-loving neighbors using your logic, what view would you have of them protecting their interests. Violence begets violence........get help. You need it.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • agentgirl

      We would not be able to survive on a planet that used nuclear weapons. Violence is not the answer.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
      • Ed

        Oh I disagree. There is no problem in the world that can not be solved by the application of high explosives.

        February 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Sashatree

      @ Marc – The world is not that simple. Everything connects to everything else. Every action has a reaction. We (the USA) do not and cannot live in a bubble. Politics and international relations are complex and often fragile.

      Wow...you really are a simpleton, and a dangerous one at that, because you think that "blasting their......off" is the way to fix things. You're precisely the kind of mindset that causes human suffering and cruelty on an epic scale. And let me guess, you're a Republican Christian.....sigh........

      February 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Dance This Mess Around

      I am going to repeat something another poster said.

      We only have one planet.
      Like it or not, we all have to share it.
      That attitude of Take care of my street,
      but to heck with the nieghborhood doesnt work.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  74. Martin

    If the Syrian Government are refusing to take responsibility for the safety of US diplomats in Syria, this should absolve all US interest in the safety of Syrian diplomats in the USA.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • toadears

      No. We cannot act like them. We have to take the high ground in this to save any face at all. Hopefully, China an Russia who never get along on anything for very long, will have a spat and China will come over to our side on this.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  75. mipolitic

    obama has the bin laden flag but thats it , putins influence is in syria , egypt , iran , pakistan , and is now creeping in to hungery . obama was trusted with the highest office in the world by the people but i no longer trust him . wow iran is even threating with nukes . bush and cheney was a disaster but obama is a weak failure that is resulting weakened america and the thugs of the world know it. at least by pulling out we will not have americans detained like in egypt.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • Hugenot

      Where to start on your flawed logic and incorrect statements? Putin has very little influence in the Middle East, the Arabs are more afraid of him than the U.S. It's HUNGARY. Iran doesn't have nukes yet and may never. Americans were never detained in Egypt, it was Iran in 1979. If you're going to comment, get your facts straight.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • mipolitic

        well guy syria is in the conflick, iran is in fact supported by russia , russia has been courting egypt as a new freind because of the suez, but with these facts present , obama has just moved on iranian assest in the usa and siezing assest at the central bank . so we are waiting for more . after all obamas only way out of the box is through iran .

        February 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
      • Bobbert

        mipolitic probably thinks Obama was born in kenya. LOL

        February 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • Orwell proven

        Kenya? All the crazies know space aliens brought him to earth! Kenya is the cover story.

        February 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Chris, Austin

      Actually, Pakistan is becoming a Chinese satellite, but the Saudi Wahabbists are fighting that. Russian influence in Pakistan is near zero.

      And I don't think Putin feels the current circumstances in Syria are to his advantage – he is in the process of losing one of the last of the old Soviet client satellites, and Russia's only base on the Med. And he has protesters in his own streets. I think he feels more like there is a noose closing around his neck.

      America is actually weakened by people like you, sitting around saying everyone else is stronger and smarter than we are, and that everything is going terribly wrong. I don't think, considering your poor use of the language, that you are actually an American. But if you are, you're a traitor. An ignorant, lying traitor.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
      • Bobbert

        Right on Chris!

        February 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • toadears

      If you remember Carter and the Iran hostages and the fact that they turned them loose the day after Reagan was elected you will understand. These people serve a god of forces. If you don't have force, they don't respect you. I don't like it, but that is exactly how they view it. Obama is too diplomatic for them, just like Jimmy Carter was. They don't respect that and see it as weakness. Reagan threatened to blow Iran out of the water. Later he proceeded to blow up Gadahfi's palace and even killed one of his sons. It's a tragedy but it is all they respect.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
      • PR

        Seriously, you think it was because they were afraid of Reagan? Rewrite history much. How about the secret back door negotiations he was having with them before he got elected, getting them to delay the release until he was president. Ever hear of Iran-Contra? Reagan killed Ghadafi's son, Obama took out the whole family, but this shouldn't be about American politics. Where talking about peoples lives in other countries who don't care about us or our politics.

        February 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • CMAC

      You are seriously misinformed.

      >Iran is crumbling because of the strong international pressure Obama has focused on them through diplomacy.

      >Russia already has a naval base in Syria and sells arms to them. This has been going on for 20 years. Nothing new.

      >Egypt is still in conflict. The military is the new Mubarek and the revolution will need to go again. The US will pull their billion in military aid, Russia can't match it. No influence there.

      >Obama has killed bin Laden and 25 of the top 30 in al Queda. They are done.

      >Obama has opened up relations with Burma. If China wishes to trade Burma for Pakistan, let them have Pakistan. It is a worthless nation with limited resources and dysfunctional government. Burma is rich in natural resources and has a stable if opressive government looking for peaceful reform. This is a far more strategic ally to have for the US.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • Dance This Mess Around

      Sorry your mamma dropped you on your head.
      Please see a doctor.
      Dont forget to ask for a lollypop.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  76. ProgressiveMike

    A wise move by the Obama admin. Naturally, conservatives and Repub candidates will find fault with it in the most ridiculous way imaginable, because that's their raison d'etre and they have at best a tenuous grip on reality. But this move sends a message, and averts any potential worsening of the crisis that would result from an embassy takeover or bombing.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • Michigan Mike

      Agree. Like your name by the way. Back to work.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • toadears

      I agree with the move but don't like Obama. I am an independent voter. Begin your character bashing now..............

      February 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
      • Dance This Mess Around

        Bamm Bamm .

        February 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  77. Michigan Mike

    Isolationism and ignorance are bedfellows.....of the socially conservative republican masses....mind you, not the economically conservative folks. I am glad the Toto's and Edwin's are out-there talking sense. However, the Tuffyturf and Crappynames of this world have "blocked" themselves from listening. There is little hope for them and their propaganda. Underlying their conversations is fear and hate....and lack of trust. I trust that our current president and his capable team will do the right thing....politics aside.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • Cando

      Do you have anything to say or do you just like to hear yourself ramble.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
      • MS oF NY

        @CANDO – Looks like you have nothing to say either.

        February 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
      • Sophie

        Ditto Cando

        February 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
      • Nadine

        Fairly obvious what he is saying: isolationism is the hallmark of political stupidity. There. Put in your own terms, do you get it now? Your inability to figure that out is a pretty good argument for what he saying, btw.

        February 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • Dance This Mess Around

        @ Cando

        I like his ramble better than yours.
        Isolationism in todays global economy
        is suicide.

        February 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  78. alfonso

    i am locked up in a place called Foothills Academy.
    in albany ky
    somebody help me out

    February 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • myMy

      You need to stay there so you can learn to read and write...if that is possible

      February 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • alfonso

        the hell i do
        nd i know how to read nd write bitch

        February 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Dance This Mess Around

      See those men behind you, in the white coats.
      They just want to talk with you.
      I promise they wont hurt you.
      Go quietly.

      February 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  79. taskmaster

    It's time we "got out of dodge" and let Syria decide it's own fate. The news media talks opposition and protesters.Why arn't they called what they are? Rebels!Any nation on earth will try to put down a civil war. The United States sure did and Several hundred thousand died.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • toadears

      Thank you, Yankee. We appreciate the fact that your northern troops raped and pillaged our lands for years after that. By the way, the north was angry that the south was getting rich with slave labor. They didn't disagree with slavery and even most black scholars agree on that. It was a war over commerce, just like this one.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
      • Joe - Plant City, Florida

        Your ignorance is beyond belief. Holocaust deniers? Hell, that's nothing compared to southern civil war deniers 100+ years later. What tripe!

        February 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • John

        Right. And the south wasn't raping and pillaging the guests they brought over from Africa.

        February 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
      • Foghorn Leghorn

        Republicans continue to re-write history.
        You got a confederate flag on the back of your pick-up,
        a gun rack, and you live in a trailer.

        By the way, the north had something called "manufacturing" and we even
        had something called "machines".

        You southern boys lost the war, and you been griping about it ever since.
        Grow up.

        February 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  80. alfonso

    all ya suck!!

    February 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • myMy

      Go back into your cave

      February 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
      • alfonso

        how about you go eat a dick.

        February 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • Foghorn Leghorn

      Did somebody hurt your poor widdle feelings ?
      Or are you six years old picking snot out of your nose.

      February 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  81. Firefly27

    Russia and China are doing exactly what we did when we supported the Shah of Iran and all the other murderous thugs that were our "friend" around the world. China sells goods to Syria and Russia sells guns to them. Like we wouldn't say boo to Saudi Arabia after 9-11 even though all the highjackers were from there. We went after Iraq (innocent of that event) stupidly allowing Iran to become the power it is today. Thanks a lot GW Bush.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • KaraOK

      It's a good thing Bush isn't running again. On the other hand, Obama has expanded America's wars into Pakistan, Yemen, Uganda, and Iran, INSTEAD OF cutting the deficit in half in his first time, per his promise.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • You Speakum With Forked Tonque

        Obama has expanded America's wars into Canada, Ireland, Bermuda, and Denmark.
        I can lie too.

        February 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Buzzer

      It still doesn't make it OK, and they should get a "pass" on criticism from the world community. Typical anti-American and "follower" response...as long as the Americans have "screwed up" lets just deflect reponsibility of our own actions and put it back on the big bad USA.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Hugenot


      February 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • toadears

      Correct but party liners have no brain. Their campaign headquarters think for them so they will bash you for this and call you names.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  82. TheTraveler

    Only common sense. What US citizens to get kidnapped like those tourists in Egypt? No thanks, we don't need another hostage crisis right now ...

    February 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  83. Thoughtful Bob

    It may be a bit more ominous. The embassy staff usually leaves before a real battle begins.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • svscnn

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. With the U.N. Resolution dead on the Security Council floor, it's only a matter of time before the unilateral action begins.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • DoubleW

      What, you mean what's going on now isn't a real battle?

      February 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Grog Says

      Grog says cold war back.
      Time to get blanket.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • Ricky

      Yep. The US isn't going to bomb land where its embassy is operational. Syria just let go of their security blanket.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  84. KaraOK

    President Peace Prize is about to give the go ahead for the big strike on Syria

    February 6, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • jrm03063

      Considering how much he's been able to accomplish WITHOUT engaging boots on the ground and wider bloodshed generally – the award looks more and more like foreshadowning, don't you think?

      February 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
      • KaraOK

        Nope. I think awarding it to him (and his subsequent warmongering in Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, and Uganda) has made a mockey of the prize.

        February 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • Nadine

        Absolutely right. If there's one part of the President's public policy that has been very successful indeed, it's the intelligent and non-posturing use of the restricted Big Stick. And that's after those morons Cheyney and Bush made such a mess.

        February 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

      That's what Bush would do. That's what Darth Cheney will say Obama should do. But Obama is a better statesman than those two and so is Secretary of State Clinton.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
      • jj

        You are a blind loser if u think obama and clinton are any good at anything..

        February 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
      • Foghorn Leghorn

        *** Hard to talk with anybody with a fifth grade education.....

        You are a blind loser if u think obama and clinton are any good at anything..

        February 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Foghorn Leghorn

      Isnt a war what you tea party freaks want ?
      All of your republican candidates seem to love war.
      During the Libya problem they kept screaming
      that Obama was weak, and not doing enough.
      When we got involved with NATO and went into Libya
      suddenly they all started screaming "warmongerer".

      Republicans have a disease.
      There is a cure.
      Its called "education".

      February 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
      • Frottage

        They'd rather stay high on ignorance.

        February 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  85. james

    Of course the US knows better than the Syrians what type government they should have. I can't imagine why anyone would not listen to the US.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Mark

      I thought that the official U.S. position was precisely that the Syrian people know best what kind of government they want and need, and should not be hindered in establishing it.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • Cynic1514

      You sarcams aside, the old addage of you "vote with your feet" applies.

      Number of Syrain immigrating to the United States every year: 2000 +
      Number of Americans immigrating to Syria every: 0

      February 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • Cynic1514

      You sarcams aside, the old addage of you "vote with your feet" applies.

      Number of Syrain immigrating to the United States every year: 2000 +
      Number of Americans immigrating to Syria every year: 0

      February 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
    • Big Generator

      Brilliant strategy.
      I wouldnt have even came up with this.
      You want to poke Iran in the eye,
      Go after her proxy in Syria.
      Most of the funding and weapons for Hezbollah, and Hamas runs through Syria.
      The problem now is the Russians.
      They are on the wrong side of history here,
      but how far will they go to defend Syria.
      At the very least, a lot of Syrian civilians are going to die.
      At the very most, this could get out of hand, and there will be conflict.
      And the funny part....Nobody can blame Israel.
      My sympathy to the Syrian people.
      They deserve better.
      Tossed into a grave because of a new cold war,
      or maybe the new world order.
      We are watching history unfold, but we dont know
      where it is going.
      In the year 2012, i would have hoped that the people of this planet
      would have gone beyond this.
      How sad.
      Maybe it is time for a new world order.
      The old one doesnt work so well.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  86. BatmanEX

    Anyone who does not want the killing of civilians to stop is basically pure evil! Bad to Russia and China! Aren't both of those current or former commumist countries...? A very nice regime they have indeed... They don't deserve to be n this Earth!

    February 6, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • US

      Bomb em!!! Bomb em!!!!! They dont deserve to be on this Earth. Turn em into Hiroshima and Nagasaki!!!! They dont want peace.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
      • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

        You, sir, need to take your Ritilin.

        February 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
      • USA, Bay Area, Ca

        I see someone from Iran's crescent has labeled himself "US"

        You fanatics need to tone down your propaganda rhetoric .

        February 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  87. Bill

    This closing was inevitable since there's no near-term solution to their bickering and bloodletting there. Right now we need to let them settle this unfortunate upheaval on their own and that's that! We surely have no business interfering in their traditional violence-prone customs and religious practices. What these countries need (unfortunately) is a "benevolent dictator" who can hold this chaos in check and at least provide a modicum of liveable and potentially western-tolerant lifestyle for the citizenry. That likely means putting down the law any way he can to hold the place together. Guys like Ghadafi and others weren't what is needed but at least they kept things going. Sad but so.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • StuckInTX

      Unfortunately, too many of these "countries" have had, and rely on the benevolent dictatorship approach. That tribal rule approach is as old as history itself and very common in that part of the globe and further east. Why the US feels the need to nation-build and introduce "democracy" (our "capitalist" version mind you, not others) into these countries is beyond me. It's not about policing the world, it's about the profit the industrial/military complex makes as a result.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  88. tuffyturf

    Too bad they didn't attack the embassy and kill all those a-holes. Anyone who has ever been abroad and has needed the help from the embassy can attest that the staff at these places are rude, unaccommodating, arrogant and ignorant.

    Staff at U.S. Embassy's are people who are connected to a politician and have to serve their time so to speak, abroad before they are given a real job in a higher position back in the U.S. They are young, arrogant individuals who treat their stay at the embassy as a big party, and are often totally ignorant of local customs, laws and policies for the region in which they serve. So when an American runs into problems, they are compounded by the fact that the staff at the embassy often compound the problem.

    I have had 3 events happen to me in my life where we needed assistance from the local U. S. Embassy or Consulate. Each one was an awful experience. Post your story of your embassy experience here- I don't know anybody who was treated well, with respect and without attitude.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Edwin

      ...so you think because they are rude and unhelpful, they should be killed? What a stellar example of humanity's utter selfishness you are.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
      • Rob

        It's a good thing we have holier than thou A_hole like you to pass judgment...

        February 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • E


        I'm sorry. Please explain to me what was wrong with Edwin's statement?

        I fail to see what's wrong with calling killing bad.

        February 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Brian

      I have actually needed the assistance of US embassy staff in two different nations for two different reasons. Both times they offered what help they could. I can say they were not rude and actually helpful.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • E

      Regardless of what you may have experienced, killing is a horrific thing to want.

      Especially for civilians outside of war or outside of the need for defense.

      You should be ashamed.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Toto

      Not being an a-whole might make things better for you.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • joe

      If you have had three experiences where you needed the American Embassy's help while overseas, you must be a completely clueless and dysfunctional person who has no idea how to behave. And I'm not surprised that the embassies were reluctant to get involved. You come across here as a total PITA. Ranting and raving and blaming others for your own stupid mistakes is a poor approach to living your life. Get help–and I don't mean from the embassy.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • DaVuVuZeLa

      You wouldn't have these bad experiences if you didn't keep getting your passport taken by pickpockets

      February 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • Hasher Iva

      Perhaps if you approached the embassy staff without being a jerk and demanding they drop everything and take care of your issue they would have treated you better. Act like a jerk, get treated like a jerk.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • govermenthack003

      Sorry your boy friend was denied a visa.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Sam

      tuffyturf – So you needed them THREE times... You sound like a needy, annoying tourist.

      You also sound like a genius-NOT: "when an American runs into problems, they are compounded by the fact that the staff at the embassy often compound the problem." That is the kind of brilliantly idiotic statement one would expect from a graduate of U.S. reality TV.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
      • A

        all of ya r stupid

        February 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Harrys Putter

      Maybe if you didnt run into the embassy screaming and yelling
      and threatening the staff........

      February 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Longgone

      Maybe the rude, unaccommodating etc. one is you. Did you ever think about that?

      February 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  89. Janet Scyrkels

    bring all our people home from every country we have them in....put them to work, HERE in the USA, why should we shoulder the world, and what has any country ever done for us since WW11? Charity begins at home our home, the USA

    February 6, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Toto

      wth is wrong with you.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Ladi Asgill

      Burying our head in the sand is a bad idea.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Spaceman Spiff

      I've got a better idea: Let's pack up everything and all move to Newt's moon base!

      February 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • StuckInTX

      Uh? Sounds great.. problem is (if you've been keeping up with the numbers) there ain't no jobs here sweetheart! Our 1% are making sure that they maximize shareholder value (their value) by get the work done in the cheapest way possible. Bringing everyone home will merely exacerbate the unemployment issues.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Wendy

      Oh yeah because a nuke going off in a foreign country wont affect us at all.

      February 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • Harrys Putter

      Charity begins at home ....

      Sell that one to the Republicans.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  90. a disgrace

    a leaderless failing america cant afford to get involved in other countries business anymore.china is the worlds leading power they can deal with it.america needs to elect a president before it can do anything...

    February 6, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Harrys Putter

      america needs to elect a president before it can do anything.
      You are right.
      Obama 2012.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
      • taskmaster

        Obama a president? you have to be kidding. He wouldn't a decent dog catcher for a town 25 people and 2 dogs..

        February 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  91. crappy name

    Let everyone defend themselves, we are not the world's police force. These people need to take care of themselves or stop complaining. We have millions of families living in tents if they are lucky, kids going hungry. Charity starts at home, and we must demand that it starts now. Let the rest of the world go to hell in a handbag. Fix America.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Edwin

      If we give up our role in policing the world, someone else will fill that spot... China? Iran? Al Qaeda?

      The reason we do it is two-fold: someone has to do it, and we'd rather it be us than someone we don't like.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • Toto

      Millions of families...is that so? Mind quoting a source on that?

      February 6, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • Harrys Putter

      We only got one planet.
      Fixing one street wont save the nieghborhood.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  92. Bayousara

    The Syrian people allow their dictators to get a foothold in their country long ago, now they face the consequences. The West doesn't need to go in and save yet another country. Let's try to pick up the pieces of the United States. Imagine what all that wasted war money could do here. We need our infrastructure fixed, first and formost, but I doubt that will happen soon.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • knez011

      Amen to that!

      February 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
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