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Obama Calls for Syrian President Assad to Go

President Obama today finally called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to quit. He also announced new sanctions designed to increase the pressure on the regime.

What’s hard to understand is why, if calling for Assad to get out is a good idea today, it wasn’t a good idea four months ago. In the interim, thousands have been killed and wounded, and the United States has bolstered its reputation for effeteness on the world stage.

Why was there ever an assumption that Assad, whose family has been in the murder and repression racket for years, would ever lead some kind of peaceful transition to a new form of government?

Anyway, as he was with Libya, Obama is a dollar short and a day late. Too bad.

Here are some excerpts from the statement Obama released this morning.

The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. His calls for dialogue and reform have rung hollow while he is imprisoning, torturing, and slaughtering his own people.  We have consistently said that President Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way.  He has not led.  For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.

The United States cannot and will not impose this transition upon Syria. It is up to the Syrian people to choose their own leaders, and we have heard their strong desire that there not be foreign intervention in their movement. What the United States will support is an effort to bring about a Syria that is democratic, just, and inclusive for all Syrians. We will support this outcome by pressuring President Assad to get out of the way of this transition, and standing up for the universal rights of the Syrian people along with others in the international community.

As a part of that effort, my Administration is announcing unprecedented sanctions to deepen the financial isolation of the Assad regime and further disrupt its ability to finance a campaign of violence against the Syrian people.  I have signed a new Executive Order requiring the immediate freeze of all assets of the Government of Syria subject to U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting U.S. persons from engaging in any transaction involving the Government of Syria.  This E.O. also bans U.S. imports of Syrian-origin petroleum or petroleum products; prohibits U.S. persons from having any dealings in or related to Syria’s petroleum or petroleum products; and prohibits U.S. persons from operating or investing in Syria. We expect today’s actions to be amplified by others.

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15 Responses to Obama Calls for Syrian President Assad to Go

  1. Assad should be really worried now. I mean it!

    Just look how Libya has turned out for goodness sake! Those poor folks in Syria should be rejoice that the US of A is now calling for Assad to go.

    Maybe they will sleep good tonight.

  2. Obama ‘s list of things to do ( before leaving for Martha’s Vineyard):
    1.take Blackberry (Soros), golf clubs and Peter Souza for photos (because I’m so cute !) ;
    2.take Michelle,Malia ,Sasha,Mrs Robinson ,Bo ,Reggie, cousins and friends ;
    3.close all the windows in the White House,
    4.leave some light on;
    5. make sure newspapers delivery suspended for 10 days;
    5.call for President Assad to go.

  3. Oh as an after thought before like me and the mothership go blow through
    your taxpayer money on a really expensive vacation Assad step down.
    See you in 10 days try not to have any bad weather on the planet or
    anything that would ruin my vacation you know MO got new sleeveless
    dresses and sandals and shorts:)!
    Don’t ruin my trip OK FOLKS?

  4. If the Syrians had decided to build some apartment buildings in their capital that all Syrians could live in, then I’m sure the outrage would have come sooner.

  5. So now we are always going to take the side of the protesters in any foreign government over the established regime. The fighting in the MiddleEast isn’t about a people yearning for freedom but a civil war over which religious interpretation of the Koran is the right one or which tribe can garner the most power.

    I never thought there would be a time when I agree with something that LouisFarrakan said but I did when he asked the rhetorical question of MrO’s interference in Libya; “just who the h*ll do you think you are”.

    • You have a point there,srdem65. I begin to think that the West shouldn´t interfere. Egypt didn´t turn out well. The regimes in both Libya and Syria have their loyal supporters. How are we to know which ones to support, we can be victims in propaganda wars. Media, too often into revolution romantics, show and talk to these nice, western looking, modern students in the demonstrations, we are not supposed to notice the sinister bearded men and the blackveiled women in the background. And now Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy are trying to sound threatening. How will they follow up ? The Syrian leaders are probably very aware of the problems the Western leaders have in their own countries. We see civil wars in the Mid East, not easy for westerners to understand.

  6. “I call for President Barack Hussein Obama to step down as president of the United States.” President Bashar Assad, Syria.

    There, that will work just about as well as our Grifterin-Chief’s call.

  7. Barry’s words are meaningless to the Syrians being gunned down at this point and stopping the mass murder. el Assad needs to watch his northern border and southside,as Turkey and the Saudi’s are on alert and dont think they are not thinking of going in..
    We need this monster to fall.