U.S. calls for Syrian leader al-Assad to step down
August 18th, 2011
09:52 AM ET
3 years ago

U.S. calls for Syrian leader al-Assad to step down

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama called Thursday for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Obama administration officials previously said al-Assad has "lost legitimacy" and that Syria "would be better off" without him. Until now, however, U.S. authorities had resisted calling explicitly for his ouster.

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  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Assad needs to removed immediately and by force if necessary. His command & control needs to be targeted NOW!!! And if Iran has a problem with that, they can get it too!

    August 18, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. kat

    You too Mr. Prez. neeed to step down. Our economy is in a mess and getting worse, more and more people are mooching off the backs of hard working Americans and you sir think it's OK to take time off for a high class campaign trip (funded by the taxpayers) and then spend 10 days at Martha's Vineyard trying to look important. You are an embarrasment to this country.

    August 18, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Dan Holiday

    Was this before or after leaving for yet another vacation? Does this president ever work?

    August 18, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. educated american (legal)

    where in the constitution does it give power to the president to tell a foriegn nation what to do? we are not the police of the world! let them fight thier own damn civil wars! Ron Paul is correct. Wake up you progressives/democrats/republicans!

    August 18, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    In order for this kind of a demand to work, it must first be clear that the Administration follows through decisively on what it says. al-Assad will look at Ghadafi still in charge in Tripoli now and you can be sure he's not too worried about what Obama is going to do about it.

    August 18, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    kat wrote:
    "... Our economy is in a mess and getting worse, more and more people are mooching off the backs of hard working Americans ...
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    Actually, you have it backwards. It is fewer and fewer Americans who are mooching and getting rich off the backs of hard-working Americans. In case you have not noticed the average middle class declined during the past decade of conservative fiscal policies, while the weathiest saw their incomes triple. In case you have not noticed, 2010 saw average CEO compensaton grow by 30%. In case you haven't noticed, the past decade saw nearly half of our manufacturing jobs, some 9 million, leave this country forever.

    August 18, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Name King wrote:
    This will embroiled the repugs to stop the infrastructure modernization project that would have created millions of jobs and bring back lost industries to our shores.
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    The US economy is in downward spiral, which has only been slowed by the Obama administration. Those manufacturing jobs are not coming back without a dramatic change in the global economy. It is cheaper to manufacture goods closer to the consumer. Labor costs have a lower impact on the end product than the cost of transporting the goods to the consumer. The US and Europe used to be the main consumer of most manufactured goods. Demand has spread across the globe and so has the manufacturing.

    I don't have an answer to that change. If we want manufacturing to re-emerge in this country then we need new products that US consumers want to buy, almost exclusively. Anything the US consumer wants, the global consumer wants, too. The future of the American economy is joined at the hip with the growing and changing global economy. America needs to find a niche, or wither away and die.

    August 18, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "Assad needs to removed immediately and by force if necessary. His command & control needs to be targeted NOW!!! And if Iran has a problem with that, they can get it too!"
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    Wrong solution in our present economy. The British empire was broken because they tried to be the policeman of the world. We need to balance acting in our own best interests against countries who do NOT act in their own best interests. I am talking about the countries who sit on the sidelines and let others do the job for them. Protecting the people of foreign nations is not the exclusive responsibility of the US, especially when other countries have more at stake in some countries instability than we do.

    August 18, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Sorensen

    As usual, too little, too late.

    August 18, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |