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Obama Demands Syria’s Assad ‘Step Aside’

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Obama: Assad is slaughtering his people, must quit

By Matthew Lee, Associated Press
August 18, 2011

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the time has come for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign for the sake of his brutally repressed people.

In a stinging written statement, Obama says Assad has overseen a vicious onslaught of his people as they protest for freedoms. He says the Syrian people should decide their country’s future and Assad is standing in their way and must go.

In just the last few months Mr. Obama has demanded that Hosni Mubarak, Moammar Gadhafi and now Bashar Assad give up power and resign. Who’s next? In fact, Mr. Obama would probably call for the head of Somalia to step down as well, as soon as they can find somebody to take the job.

By the way, isn’t this the same man who has regularly declared that America could no longer tell other countries what to do? That we had to butt out of the internal affairs of other nations? Who condemned President Bush for his ‘cowboy diplomacy’?

For the record, the only leader to actually step down so far has been the our one clear ally in the region. For all of his faults, Mr. Mubarak was probably one of the best friends the United States had in the Arab world. So it’s only natural that he had to go.

Obama also says that Assad’s calls for reform ring hollow while he is, in Obama’s words, "imprisoning, torturing and slaughtering his own people."

This was Obama’s first explicit call for Assad to step down. His administration also is slapping new sanctions on Syria

In effect, the US has practically declared war kinetic military action on Syria. So how many wars kinetic military actions are we up to now?  — Four? Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now Syria.

And how long will it be before we have to go back into Somalia? For humanitarian reasons, of course. Meanwhile, Obama is cutting the Pentagon’s budget to the bone — in fact, to the bone marrow.

And speaking of wars, you will notice that the only one that is going even reasonably well for the US is the war in Iraq. The only war Obama opposed.

Until now, the administration had said Assad had lost all credibility to rule with his ruthless crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators

Has Assad been calling the pro-reform demonstrators ‘hostage-takers’ and ‘terrorists’?

What is to stop Mr. Assad and, for that matter, Col. Gadhafi from sending his planes over to attack our repressive government?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Obama Demands Syria’s Assad ‘Step Aside’”

  1. proreason says:

    Well let’s count, for those of you who don’t think Little Lenin is having an impact on the world:

    – US – downgraded, 5T in new debt, unemployment over 20%, balkanized
    – Afghanistan – a shambles
    – Egypt – lynchpin of 30 years of regional peace removed from office in favor of Muslim Brotherhood
    – Libya – wtf?
    – Europe – on the brink of bankruptcy
    – China – ascendent. Now harvesting our military secrets for free
    – Pakistan – out of the closet as an official enemy of the US
    – Israel – must knock on the back door to see the president

    and now Syria.

    As Toby Keith might sing: “Brought to you, courtesy of the Red, Red and Red”

  2. Howard Roark says:

    Funny how Barry didn’t react to Iran when they were slaughtering their own protestors a couple of summers ago. But, in retrospect, if he had called for a regime change for Tehran, it would have upset the military operations of Hamas and Hezbollah against Israel, and we couldn’t have that, of course.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    And a covert KMA in Yemen I believe.

  4. JohnMG says:

    Assad to Obama: “You first, Chump!”

  5. Astravogel says:

    And the Dali Lama is shown the
    door with the rest of the trash…

    Man, this dude is wired up funny…

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      To quote Carl Childers (AKA “Slingblade”) “I mean funny queer, not funny ha-ha”.

  6. GetBackJack says:

    Pro – China harvesting secrets. I cannot tell you who and how, but my older sibling is a cornerstone in the small cadre of people who (a) developed the internet (b) developed the nascent approaches to these new networks and their security and (c) is the Chief Information Security Officer at an enterprise I cannot mention but which you would know by acronyms + said sibling is regularly testifying behind closed doors on the Hill. Among the elite, sibling is their lodestone.

    That short bona fide leads to this – http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2011/09/chinese-hacking-201109

    Though it’s “Vanity Fair” said sibling tells me (1) it’s a fair and balanced account and (2) for the public and (3) the reality is far far worse than this article encompasses.

    Sleep well tonight.

  7. AmericanIPA says:

    Remember when these very same reasons weren’t enough in the case of Saddam Hussein? He had to have WMDs, this guy is just a meanie.

  8. wirenut says:

    Pro, your list makes me wish for the bubba years. Eeewwe! Ishtar and vomitus. With each passing day we need to put this boil on the LOOKING FOR WORK roster. Like he ever held a job!

  9. untrainable says:

    And here we thought Bashir Ass-hat was a reformer. Didn’t the Hildabeast proclaim that Ass-hat was a reformer? Why all the hate Barry?
    When did his brand of reformation cross the line and demand his removal from power? I’m just wondering how many innocent people you can kill before simple Maoist reformation turns into slaughter.

    • proreason says:

      “Why all the hate Barry?”

      If you are Little Lenin, your development as a human being includes something that hasn’t happened to another human being for at least a couple of hundred years. He has never had to reconcile what he said yesterday, or even 5 minutes ago, with what he is saying at the current moment.

      No human being since kings were all powerful has had such situation from earliest childhood. Hitler, Stalin, Mao….all complete realists compared to the Boy King. All of them, the most evil dictators in history, still grew up in environments where they were subject to normal human observation and correction. Indeed, all of the major dictators had difficult childhoods (confession: I don’t know much about Mao, but he was a Chinese peasant, so he couldn’t have had a pain-free upbringing).

      But the Boy King has never failed, never been corrected, never had to perform, never had to redo, never had to strive IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE. It is really quite extraordinay. Think about it. Every other person in the world since royalty was all powerful has hit a wall at some point in his or her life. Roosevelt got polio, Churhill was defeated, Eisenhauer was a middling colonel before WWII even though he was in his 40’s. EVERYBODY faces adversity and failure…everybody except Obama.

      So it is firmly implanted in his brain that it doesn’t matter what he said 5 minutes ago. What he says right now is correct. It has to be. He has never been wrong in his life.

  10. sticks says:

    I wonder now about that bow to the king of Saudi Arabia now, is he dancing to the tune their playing? Or promoting radical Islam? Or does he just think he is king of the world now? Or any combination above. Actually sometimes I think he dosn’t have a clue, but the world is just going to get more dangerous as a result his blundering about like an elephant on rollerskates.

  11. Astravogel says:

    Ya’ll recall ‘post turtle?’ A tortoise up
    on a fence post that doesn’t know how
    it got there, doesn’t know how to get
    down, and isn’t doing anything worthwhile
    up there. Some similiaties perhaps.

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