U.S. sanctions target Syrian president, Iranian commanders
May 18th, 2011
01:04 PM ET
4 years ago

U.S. sanctions target Syrian president, Iranian commanders

(CNN) – President Barack Obama Wednesday imposed tough sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six other senior Syrian officials in an effort to stop the regime's fierce crackdown on protests, the U.S. Treasury Department said.

The sanctions also target two top Iranian officials whose unit was a "conduit for Iranian material support" to Syrian intelligence, according to a copy of the executive order issued by the White House.

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  1. Geez

    *face palm* Why the heck does this admin insist on provoking people? There will always be idiots... I mean just because he was born here doesnt mean he was made here. Do not feed the bears!!!

    May 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS

    Sanctions are a good start. But I wil like to see nations such as China and Russia who didn't intervene in Libya to do so in Syria. America needs to stop becoming the world police.

    May 18, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Pa Santigie

    Sanctions against Assad why not the thugs in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
    They have killed demostrators as well oh sorry ...Bahrian and Saudi we want to keep so they can go ahead and kill their people, we will ignore it. Saudis and Bahrainians do not need freedom, as long as we keep getting oil and keep the 5th fleet ther whatever happens is fine with us. Little doubt why we have very little friends around that part of the world?

    May 18, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    Where is Obama?

    May 18, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    Clearly the President does not ascribe to a 1-Size-Fits-All Mentality to foreign policy topics in the complex Middle East. He does not simply throw American military might into every situation "willie nillie".

    While this is not lend itself to a "Bumpersticker" campaign slogan, it reflects the thoughtful, precise and measured Cool Hand of an executive that understands nuances.

    I, for one, am glad to have a man of this caliber leading this great nation.

    As an aside, want to feel good about America? Go on YouTube and search for Whitney Houston and the National Anthem. She performed the most memorable rendtion [for a past Superbowl] that I have ever heard. If ever you begin to wonder about the honor and example that this country and its leadership sets for the world, listening to that will recharge you.

    May 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. AAA

    We need to find better political solutions instead of sanctions that are ineffective. I know our president is trying to do what is best and what his political advisers tell him what will be the best way to solve the problem. We have sanctioned countries around the world for one thing or another but they only create animosity. In today's world we need to think of solutions but not a band aid type politics to solve the worlds crisis. As we all know it the worlds politics is changing everyday every minute and is time we come up with a new blue print and evaluate our goals, our acceptance among other countries in the world, long term political solutions and , not pushing our own ideology and evaluate each country on its own merits and political beliefs. I know our president is a person of passion, works for a world were everybody is equal and has equal opportunities to succeed and I admire him for that, but we now live in a world that is different from 20 years ago in terms of ideology. Sanctions will work to a certain extent but the long term effect has been proven in the future to be of no consequences. Our image/ acceptance in world politics and countries should be the first thing we nee to work own and how we can be partners and work fro a mutual acceptance.

    May 18, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Another Middle East tinder box. The region is accellerating toward something that we need to make sure that we are not standing to close to when it arrives.

    May 18, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    ahhh about time we have something where Sarah Palin can come out and give her opinion on, (against the president of course). I can hardly wait.

    May 18, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |