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U.S. Said to Be Ready to Call for Syria’s Assad to Step Down

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Posted on Aug 11, 2011
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The United States is preparing to insist publicly that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down from power, according to anonymous U.S. officials, as violence continues to thwart the pro-democracy movement there.

Assad has been growing ever less mindful of international calls to stop the deadly government crackdown on protesters that has led to the deaths of more than 2,000 people since March, according to human rights groups.

The Obama administration, considering the ineffectiveness of an earlier call on Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi to step down, has yet to decide how and when to make the announcement, but U.S. officials said it could come as early as Thursday or as late as next week. —BF

AFP:

Steadily escalating US rhetoric against Assad, including a warning that he is now a source of regional instability, has fueled expectations that the Obama administration will soon formally call for him to go.

But the White House Wednesday stuck with a rhetorical formulation towards Syria adopted last week, saying the country would be a “better place” without Assad.

When they held their first meeting with Clinton on August 2, Syrian dissidents urged Obama to call on Assad to quit power and pressed for UN sanctions over the regime’s crackdown on protests.

One of the dissidents said such a high-profile US call for Assad to step down would bring more protesters into Syria’s streets.

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By Observer, August 14, 2011 at 1:51 am Link to this comment
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Typical Horseshit > step down from power, according to anonymous U.S. officials,etc. Anonymous - really ?
Not until the average American citizen realizes the
undeniable fact that these anonymous U.S. officials
are nothing but specific >Israel First< organizations
which pushing the US to do their dirty work for them.
Quote > These individuals and their all-for-Israel journals – Commentary, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and the Wall Street Journal – amount to nothing less than a fifth column intent on involving 300 million Americans in other peoples’ religious wars, making them pay and bleed to protect a nation in which the United States has no genuine national security interest at stake.
http://www.antiwar.com/scheuer/?articleid=13139

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By Lockweed, August 13, 2011 at 9:03 am Link to this comment
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Obama and Hillary should step down.  The whole US congress should step
down.  The USA is the most hypocritical country on earth.  It doesn’t give a
damn about anyone else.  In Georgia they wanted to expand NATO and in the
middle east they are reporting to AIPAC and doing the bidding for Israel.  How
come these low-lifes didn’t say one word when Israel slaughtered 1,400
Palestinians 3 years ago.  And 2 months ago the entire US congress welcomes
the war criminal Netanyahu like he’s the greatest man on earth.  They know
what they have to do to get re-elected.  A murderer that criticizes another
murderer should be ignored and thrown in jail themselves.

The USA is a declining country.  It became clear in 2008 and 20 years from now
we will be able to contrast the decline of the Soviet Union and the USA.  Five
years from now China will be bigger and in 30 years the USA will no longer be
the leader in science.  That leadership will move back to Europe where it had
always been until WW II.

The USA doesn’t deserve to lead.  I just hope our fall isn’t too hard.

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By berniem, August 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

Hey Hilary, don’t forget to tell the Bahranis to step down too while your at it! Oh, and tell our Saudi friends it’s not nice to invade another country that has not attacked you. Ooops, sounds a little familiar doesn’t it?

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By brewerstroupe, August 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

I guess George W was wrong again.
“Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”

Americans are buying precisely the same agitprop they bought prior to the Iraq War. Syrian Nukes, killing his own people, even a kidnapped lesbian blogger (who turned out to be a bearded Scotsman).

Go find one MSM report of Syrian casualties that does not contain the phrase “activists said”.

Then go get the news about the London riots exclusively from the looters and see how accurate that is.

Here’s a sample of reportage from Sky:

“The assault prompted opposition gunmen to fire machine guns and set police stations on fire. ”

Eh? These “activists” had machine guns they were “prompted” to use?

“Honest, I always take my my machine gun to peaceful protests. Its a fashion accessory!”

There is a sponsored insurrection going on.

“U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/us-secretly-backed-syrian-opposition-groups-cables-released-by-wikileaks-show/2011/04/14/AF1p9hwD_story.html

More than 500 security personnel have been killed so far.

When the great powers carved up the Ottoman Empire (which had existed for 1300 years by leaving ethnic and religious divides alone) they lumped heterogeneous peoples together under colonial rule. Successive governments have had to try to bring both unity and democracy to these tribally mixed populaces. Syria, probably the most problematic, has made great strides but it is still very easy to stir the pot.

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By brewerstroupe, August 12, 2011 at 12:20 am Link to this comment

In other news.
Libya and Syria have acknowledged the London rioters as the legitimate government of Great Britain.

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By Lew Ciefer, August 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

Does this mean we might be enjoying yet another war kinetic action?

I wish somweone would tell Obuma to step down

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By Ralph Kramden, August 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment
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The USA has the moral standing of a mass murderer or a pedarist. Assad should call for Obama and Netanyahooo to step down. He has as much moral authority as those two criminals. Why oh why, don’t we just laugh at our country pretending to have any moral authority or credibility? Beats the hell out of me. The USA reminds me of a Torquemada lecturing others about Christian charity.

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By gerard, August 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment

Since any statement from the U.S. is bound to bring mixed reactions forth (pro and anti US) and since such statements from us always come off as more heavy-handed than helpful, and subject to misunderstandings due to our feckless policies in the Middle East and elsewhee, it might be better to
start signing on to such statements coming out of the United Nations, joining with other nations that have less trouble relations and are therefore less suspect of manipulating one side or another.

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