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U.S. berates Bahrain, Gulf allies as tensions spread
Yahoo ^ | 3/16/11 | Lin Noueihed - Reuters

Posted on 03/16/2011 8:16:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

MANAMA (Reuters) – The United States said Bahrain was on the "wrong track" in trying to crush Shi'ite protests in the Sunni-ruled island, rare criticism that highlighted concern the crackdown could ignite a wider regional conflict.

Bahraini forces used tanks and helicopters on Wednesday to clear a protest camp set up by youths from the Shi'ite Muslim majority which complains of discrimination by the Sunni royal family. Three police and three protesters were killed.

The unrest has brought an influx of troops to Bahrain from fellow Sunni-ruled neighbors Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, who fear the uprising that began last month could play into the hands of non-Arab Shi'ite power Iran.

It has also prompted sympathy protests from Shi'ites across the region, including in Saudi Arabia's oil producing east.

Earlier this week, Washington said it understood why Bahrain's Sunni rulers had called in reinforcements. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said force was not the answer.

"We find what's happening in Bahrain alarming. We think that there is no security answer to the aspirations and demands of the demonstrators," she told CBS. "They are on the wrong track."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bahrain; berates; gulf; hillary; shiite; tensions
so much for 'soft' power.
1 posted on 03/16/2011 8:16:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Why would Obama support an Iranian-sponsored uprising in Bahrain?


2 posted on 03/16/2011 8:18:10 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama ALWAYS supports the Mullahs.


3 posted on 03/16/2011 8:22:21 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: NormsRevenge
The United States said Bahrain was on the "wrong track" in trying to crush Shi'ite protests in the Sunni-ruled island, rare criticism that highlighted concern the crackdown could ignite a wider regional conflict.

So, is Obama Sunni or Shi'ite?

4 posted on 03/16/2011 8:23:51 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: PGR88

Because Obama’s a Shiite?;)


5 posted on 03/16/2011 8:23:51 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: mlocher

“So, is Obama Sunni or Shi’ite?”

He’s a lawyer-he’s probably trying to be both/s;)


6 posted on 03/16/2011 8:25:18 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: NormsRevenge

So the Sunni masters brought in Shi’ite foreigners to do the work and now they are reaping their reward.


7 posted on 03/16/2011 8:25:51 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama has ‘solved’ the middle east problem. Just pretend it is not a problem.

Acxtually, this is also Ron Paul’s stance, and Pat Buchanon’s. We’ll soon see how this all works out as the middle east burns under Islamist rule.


8 posted on 03/16/2011 8:31:14 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: NormsRevenge

Weirdly enough, it’s probably the right thing to do in public. In the background, the anti-American Arab masses are accusing the government of being a tool of the Great Satan. American criticism of Arab governments gets the whole rally around the government going. However, if Obama is giving the Arab governments hell behind closed doors, he’s an incompetent fool.


9 posted on 03/16/2011 8:31:33 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: DaxtonBrown

Acxtually, hmmmm, wonder where that word came from?


10 posted on 03/16/2011 8:32:27 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: mlocher

So, is Obama Sunni or Shi’ite?


0bama is a POShi’ite.


11 posted on 03/16/2011 8:32:46 PM PDT by unkus
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To: mlocher

He’s a piece of Shi’ite


12 posted on 03/16/2011 8:34:33 PM PDT by PDMiller
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To: NormsRevenge

The Obama Administration is a bunch of master beraters.


13 posted on 03/16/2011 8:37:16 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: NormsRevenge
so much for 'soft' power.

It's Bahrain. 25 US States start kicking Delaware around...
14 posted on 03/16/2011 8:37:43 PM PDT by allmost
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To: NormsRevenge

Those Shi’ites are like our democrats, rioting and trouble making,worthless,they burned a friend of mines furniture factory down there,The King should tell zippy to stick a golf club where the sun does not shine.


15 posted on 03/16/2011 8:43:29 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9sMo-LTdSc&feature=player_embedded


16 posted on 03/16/2011 8:50:38 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: PGR88

Why would Obama support an Iranian-sponsored uprising in Bahrain?

Maybe he’s a Shi’ite.


17 posted on 03/16/2011 9:05:19 PM PDT by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Is it not obvious Obama is a knee jerk leftist who is sympathetic to the overthrow of all friendly governmnts, while making excuses for enemy governments?


18 posted on 03/16/2011 9:07:10 PM PDT by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: satan

sat an,

Rab doesn’t feel it is fair to shit. Regardless of the brand of shit (pig, cow, bat, and on and on) there are some standards.

Let’s be fair.

Rab


19 posted on 03/16/2011 9:48:39 PM PDT by Rabin
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To: NormsRevenge

I would imagine that the 5Th fleet is preparing to get under way.


20 posted on 03/16/2011 10:58:20 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...
Note: this topic is from March 16.
Thanks NormsRevenge.
21 posted on 04/09/2011 6:33:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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