Pawlenty calls for action on Syria
April 22nd, 2011
08:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty calls for action on Syria

Washington (CNN) – Likely Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Friday that the White House should push for a special meeting of the U.N. Security Council amid the Syrian government’s crackdown on protesters.

Pawlenty issued the statement shortly after President Obama called out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by name, and accused him of "seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria's citizens through the same brutal tactics that have been used by his Iranian allies."

Pawlenty repeated his call for Obama to recall the U.S. ambassador to Syria, and invoke additional economic sanctions against the country.

"The United States must send a clear and strong signal to the people of Syria that we support their drive towards freedom and getting rid of the Assad regime," he said.

The former Minnesota governor accused the Obama administration last month of "naivety" for its approach to Syria. Friday's statement stopped short of overtly criticizing the White House approach, but noted it was Obama who sent the ambassador to Damascus.

Obama returned an ambassador to Syria in 2009, four years after the United States withdrew its envoy in protest over the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Filed under: 2012 • Syria • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. sundara

    We are at our debt he planning on paying for it himself?

    April 23, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. rusty155

    If president Obama did what you want him to do MR. Tim Pawlenty, than all you would do Is Complain that he did or It wasn't fast enough and nothing he does Is going to make you Republican happy any how. Just how many war you Republican want us In at one time. I know It will Help your Big BUSINESS friend to make them Richer. And than the gas would go up more , and than would help your big OIL Company friend. Republican only care about Is BIG BUSINESS, THE RICH and the Oil company. You republican are really trying to give the OIL COMPANY enough reason to rise gas prices even higher. The Republican got to go In 2012.

    April 23, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. HMS

    Typical Republican. They always want to go to war but never want to tell you how they would pay for it. Ever heard of a War Tax? Gee that just may chill their war plans around the world. $1 trillion deficit due to Iraq and it still aint over.

    April 23, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. Robin Hood come to America.

    I don't know John McCain have another brother call Tim Pawlenty.

    April 23, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Marie MD

    weak man from MN, just STFU!!! You have no power, you have no brains, you have no right to tell the government or anyone else for that matter what to do.
    If it was up to the party of hell no and these clowns who call themselves rethugs candidates (all of them-however many there are anymore) we would be at war with every Arab country and most of our allies).
    Enjoy your little trips across the country wasting money.

    April 23, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Ernie

    If former Pawlenty were President he would intervine in Syria by way of the U.N. since when the U.N. tell the United States what to do. If Syria is havng problems let them work out their own problems, The United States doesn't need to be involved.
    If the U.N. wants to get involved then let the U.N. get involved and let the U.N. send "Peace Keepping Forces" to Syria". If the U.N. wants the United States to get involves then let the U.N. pay the United States to intervine. If the U.N. can't pay then the United States doesn't intervine, it's just that simple. The United States isn't the U.N.'s "Big Stick Policy". This is a bad move by former Gov. Pawlenty.

    April 23, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |

    Who is this guy and why is he running for the city council?

    April 23, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Guest

    Pawlenty...please worry about Minnesota and let the big boys worry about international affairs.

    April 23, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Seattle Sue

    I want Pawlenty to be the first to pick up a weapon and go to Syria to help them. Put up or shut up.

    April 23, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. jcg

    Sure, let him personally foot the bill or go out asking for donations. We don't have the money to spend on yet another middle east conflict.

    April 23, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    How many fools are there, in politics?????

    Let the Arab League deal with it. It is their responsibility.

    April 23, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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