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Gates calls for Syrian forces to move aside
Financial Times ^ | 03/24/2011 | FT Reporters

Posted on 03/24/2011 5:17:51 PM PDT by bushwon

The Syrian people should follow Egypt’s lead and the country’s army should “empower a revolution”, Robert Gates, US secretary of defence, said as thousands marched in a southern city.

Mr Gates made his comments – some of the toughest remarks to date by a US official about the rule of Bashar al-Assad, president – on a day of further upheaval in the Middle East and beyond.

The White House signalled that it was preparing for a change in power in Yemen, where it has been allied with the government of Ali Abdullah Saleh, president. Officials also said Nato had neared a deal to take over command and control of the military operation in Libya, after a dispute within the alliance.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gates; middleast; revolution; syria
Title and first paragraph say it all~ Wow! :(

"The Syrian people should follow Egypt’s lead and the country’s army should “empower a revolution”, Robert Gates, US secretary of defence, said as thousands marched in a southern city.

1 posted on 03/24/2011 5:17:53 PM PDT by bushwon
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To: bushwon

Awww...I think Hussein’s team really thinks everyone gives a $%^& what they think.

Gallup DOES have a “worldwide” poll out showing how great the “world” thinks Hussein is...of course, his numbers in America and among world leaders stink.

Maybe Hussein and Gates can go community organize in Nepal.


2 posted on 03/24/2011 5:21:08 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: bushwon

Oh My God.

What are these guys thinking?

The whole Middle East will be up in flames by the time Obama is done, with Iran in charge.


3 posted on 03/24/2011 5:35:55 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: DaxtonBrown

What are these guys thinking?

The whole Middle East will be up in flames by the time Obama is done, with Iran in charge.


These were my thots EXACTLY!!!

There is clearly an agenda here, and it is getting very frightening to speculate the end game...

Think about it...The “lighting up” of the middle east seems to have started in Tunis at the end of January! “


4 posted on 03/24/2011 5:46:23 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon
paging the mooslim brotherhood...pick up the white courtesy phone....incoming good news...
5 posted on 03/24/2011 5:51:00 PM PDT by spokeshave (Half-American, non natural-born, starts war without Congress OK, while on vacation in Brazil.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

So you don’t think it is troubling that we have administration officials encouraging revolutions?

‘The Syrian people should follow Egypt’s lead and the country’s army should “empower a revolution”, Robert Gates, US secretary of defence, said...’

I think it is very serious and very inappropriate. Interesting how there was not a peep out of any of them in summer of 09 when there was a true democracy uprising in Iran. Hmmm.


6 posted on 03/24/2011 5:51:08 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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Muslim Brothers must be loving this.


7 posted on 03/24/2011 5:51:56 PM PDT by D-fendr
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To: bushwon
paging the mooslim brotherhood...pick up the white courtesy phone....incoming good news...
8 posted on 03/24/2011 5:51:56 PM PDT by spokeshave (Half-American, non natural-born, starts war without Congress OK, while on vacation in Brazil.)
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To: spokeshave

I am beginning to wonder if they have a direct line in :(


9 posted on 03/24/2011 5:52:10 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: D-fendr

Muslim Brothers must be loving this.


No doubt!
Wonder if we are sending MB foreign aid $ as well.


10 posted on 03/24/2011 5:53:35 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: DaxtonBrown
The whole Middle East will be up in flames by the time Obama is done, with Iran in charge.

This time it is actually an Iranian ally that is in trouble instead of a US ally.

11 posted on 03/24/2011 5:54:26 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: bushwon
I call for Zer0 the 'okee doker' to move aside.

BTTT Ping
PING-WIMPY-CLAPPER2sm
A National Embarrassment

12 posted on 03/24/2011 5:54:29 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: bushwon

So how many middle east countries are on fire since end of January? I have lost count...Let’s see, we have Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, and now Syria. I feel like I have left some out....

IMHO, the ultimate grand-prize may be Saudi Arabia.


13 posted on 03/24/2011 5:56:36 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Straight Vermonter

I think it is important to look at the allegiance of the protestors...what seems to be very common is that our administration sides with the most radical islamics—in Egypt’s case, that was the demonstrators, in Iran’s case, it was the established government. In Libya’s case, it would be the radicals. Am I seeing a pattern starting to emerge?


14 posted on 03/24/2011 5:59:03 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

Since when does SECDEF do crazy shit like this?

We don’t have a SECOFF last I checked.


15 posted on 03/24/2011 6:01:16 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: txhurl

Well put!
Good question?!


16 posted on 03/24/2011 6:02:22 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

???

At a loss for words here.


17 posted on 03/24/2011 6:03:47 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Recovering_Democrat

“Maybe Hussein and Gates can go community organize in Nepal.”

I’m really fond of Nepal, how about the Gobi desert?


18 posted on 03/24/2011 6:06:27 PM PDT by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: txhurl

Indeed, I was truly stunned when I read the headline.

I am not sure that this has ever been done before?!

But with this bunch, this is twice, first with Egypt and dear leader’s ‘rise up’ comment and now this comment?! Of course we are having a “kinetic” intervention” or whatever they are calling it in Libya as well.

Just stunning :(


19 posted on 03/24/2011 6:17:45 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

Did Gates check with Dinner Jacket first?


20 posted on 03/24/2011 6:22:11 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: PIF

According to article:
The Obama administration as a whole has been careful to avoid the language of regime change when dealing with the Middle East and it was not clear if the White House shared Mr Gates’ sentiments.


21 posted on 03/24/2011 6:25:38 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: txhurl

Would add the question: Is this even legal?


22 posted on 03/24/2011 6:30:35 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: txhurl

Obama changed the name to SecRev while no one was
looking.


23 posted on 03/24/2011 6:36:37 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: bushwon

I wonder what an ‘inert’ intervention looks like.

Oh! Like Wisconsin!


24 posted on 03/24/2011 6:38:51 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: tet68

SECREV

lol


25 posted on 03/24/2011 6:39:51 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: bushwon

What if the defense minister of Syria said: “The American People should follow Egypt’s lead and the country’s army should empower a revolution.”

Sedition is the stirring up of rebellion against the government in power.

This bozo Gates has lost his marbles. He is guilty of sedition in Syria.


26 posted on 03/24/2011 6:40:13 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: bushwon

“Indeed, I was truly stunned when I read the headline.

I am not sure that this has ever been done before?!”

Good point...and just why shouldn’t the same apply here. If the Tea Party can mass enough people, then Obama CLEARLY needs to step aside...by his own rules.


27 posted on 03/24/2011 6:42:52 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: bushwon

Yeah, but did he say it to their face?


28 posted on 03/24/2011 6:45:38 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: BobL

Like in Orwell’s Animal Farm, some rules are more equal than others....


29 posted on 03/24/2011 6:49:20 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon; dead

You should ask the mods to add [SecReV] to the title.

Rosco can fix up the Che/Gates insignia the Department will need now.

With dead’s tickletoes help, but somebody needs to ping roscoekarns since I can never spell his name right.


30 posted on 03/24/2011 6:55:16 PM PDT by txhurl (can it GET any sicker than this?)
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To: bushwon
Sounds like SecDef, the WH, SecState, JCS, need to start coming up with a STRATEGY — yesterday. No, getting BHO elected in 2012 is NOT it.
31 posted on 03/24/2011 7:29:56 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: bushwon

You could add Libya and Bahrain.


32 posted on 03/24/2011 8:40:06 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: TigersEye

Thanks! Thot I had Libya, but I forgot about Bahrain. Just amazing isn’t it!


33 posted on 03/24/2011 9:05:09 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon; All

So how many middle east countries are on fire since end of January? I have lost count...Let’s see, we have Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, and now Syria. I feel like I have left some out....

Of course Libya and also Bahrain!

IMHO, the ultimate grand-prize may be Saudi Arabia.


34 posted on 03/24/2011 9:06:33 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

It’s quite a list and possibly still growing.


35 posted on 03/24/2011 9:10:11 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: TigersEye

Sadly, I believe you are correct! I can’t help but wonder and worry about the wizzard(s) behind the curtain orchestrating all this “democracy”


36 posted on 03/24/2011 9:23:54 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: DaxtonBrown
The whole Middle East will be up in flames by the time Obama is done, with Iran in charge.

Maybe it will finally be time to settle up with Iran. Any revolution in Syria will be a bloodbath orders of magnitude greater that Libya and Egypt.

37 posted on 03/24/2011 9:31:53 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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To: bushwon; TigersEye

Sadly, I believe you are correct! I can’t help but wonder and worry about the wizzard(s) behind the curtain orchestrating all this “democracy”


Well, that didn’t take long to find one of the wizzards....

Islamist Group Is Rising Force in a New Egypt
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2694333/posts?page=11#11


38 posted on 03/24/2011 9:31:53 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon
Wow such strong words. May as well have MO threaten to send her pork rib bones as an air drop.


39 posted on 03/24/2011 10:25:33 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: bushwon

You effing morons. Where do you get off inciting insurrection in another country?


40 posted on 03/24/2011 11:23:12 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Vendome

You effing morons. Where do you get off inciting insurrection in another country?


Seriously agree. I am wondering why no outrage on this. Can you imagine the uproar had this been done during Bush administration? Code Pink would turn Purple in Raaaage!


41 posted on 03/24/2011 11:30:07 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

I am not even going to make the comparisons between the two administrations.

These people are lunatics. What’s next? Someone shoots an ambassador and it’s game on for the 3rd time?

Someone throw me a clue. I’m pretty dang’d intelligent and overly read but even I can’t figure out what the end game is on this from our side.

I get it from the Moslem Brotherhood perspective but we are acting like Jepetto and pinochio all at the same time.

Creatively dumb.

I hope Jack Wheeler’s got something that provides some illumination on this tomorrow but I can’t figure out why the Middle East is going from the Shiite bag it already was to a cesspool of excrement and a field vomit concurrently.


42 posted on 03/25/2011 12:22:51 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: bushwon

According to article:

Look deeper ... patterns within patterns ... players conspicupus by their absence ...


43 posted on 03/25/2011 4:35:31 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: bushwon
I suppose we're calling for revolution everywhere now.


44 posted on 03/25/2011 4:50:33 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: bushwon

We’re on the same page. I don’t understand what I said that made you think otherwise. :)


45 posted on 03/25/2011 6:35:11 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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