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'Your days are numbered,' U.S. official tells al-Assad
cnn.com ^ | 2/7/12 | Tom Watkins, Josh Levs and Holly Yan

Posted on 02/07/2012 7:35:25 PM PST by ColdOne

(CNN) -- As violence raged in Syria, U.S. officials made clear Tuesday that the United States has lost patience with President Bashar al-Assad.

"Your days are numbered," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said in comments directed at the Syrian leader. "It is time and past time for you to transfer power responsibly and peacefully."

Her remarks came as two senior administration officials told CNN that, while the U.S. focus remains on exerting diplomatic and economic pressure on Damascus, the Pentagon and U.S. Central Command have begun a preliminary internal review of U.S. military capabilities in order to prepare options in the event that President Obama calls for them.

Still, one of the officials said, "This remains a campaign to apply economic and diplomatic pressure." Neither official was willing to be identified because neither is authorized to talk to the news media.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: middleeast; rice; susanrice; syria
What about the Christians in country Susan? Will you be this upset when the new gang takes over and kills them all?
1 posted on 02/07/2012 7:35:34 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne
What about the Christians in country Susan? Will you be this upset when the new gang takes over and kills them all?

Doesn't register with this gang of international meddlers any more than the fate of Christianity in Iraq did with the last bunch.

Isolationism looks better and better every day.

2 posted on 02/07/2012 7:42:30 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: ColdOne

And all this time the Muzzies thought that it was the capitalists who were out to get them. LOL! It’s the communists,STUPID!


3 posted on 02/07/2012 7:42:30 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (So just where does the "buck stop" at the Department of "Justice"?)
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To: ColdOne

Not that Syria has a great reputation, but the current administration seems to want to run the table and destabilize every somewhat sturdy middle east regime.

Decades of thoughtful and tenous US diplomacy, foreign aid, triangulation and intervention going out the window in a couple of years of amateurs in power.


4 posted on 02/07/2012 7:45:01 PM PST by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: ColdOne
Her remarks came as two senior administration officials told CNN that, while the U.S. focus remains on exerting diplomatic and economic pressure on Damascus, the Pentagon and U.S. Central Command have begun a preliminary internal review of U.S. military capabilities in order to prepare options in the event that President Obama calls for them.

Pssst! Barak! Did you know that Syria has a military alliance with Russia? How do you plan on military action without triggering a Russian response? Think of that?

5 posted on 02/07/2012 7:50:34 PM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: ColdOne
Somehow I don't think Assad is overly impressed with this idiot slut Rice. Skank Halfbright and slut Clinton never made any impression on mideast men, so why would this intellectual cripple.
6 posted on 02/07/2012 7:51:46 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: ColdOne; jhpigott
Even the mere suggestion that Obama and team are considering intervention in Syria alarms me greatly.

There are significant geopolitical implications on top of the fact the USA has NO DOG IN THIS HUNT.

Just like we have no interest in Afghanistan.

Except this time some powerful countries do have a stake in Syria...it's a cog in the Russian/Turk/Israeli/Greek/Cyprus conundrum.

We can only find bad things there.

There no oil. It doesn't sit at the nexus of any geopolitical interest of the USA.

None.

We have gone over a cliff and Obama is laughing as he floors it.

7 posted on 02/07/2012 7:55:14 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: ColdOne

Susan Rice is a Communist agitator.

She’s doing the job Obama wants her to do: removing secular dictators and replacing them with Muslim fanatics.

So they burn down all the churches and kill the Christians? There’s too many Christians in the world anyway, Obama sez . . . .


8 posted on 02/07/2012 7:56:31 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Tallguy

Besides just for fun,, why would we send the US military there? Is there any corner of earth not deemed as a critical national interest?

What in Syria is worth ONE American soldiers death? We either wind up with the current dictator, or install a new dictator. An America friendly government is not an option.


9 posted on 02/07/2012 7:57:17 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Mariner; jhpigott

agree


10 posted on 02/07/2012 8:00:01 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: ColdOne
Assad is quaking in his boots

Yeah, that's intimidating.

11 posted on 02/07/2012 8:21:59 PM PST by TonyInOhio (Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour)
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To: ColdOne

Assad glibly responded, “So are Obama’s days in office.”

/sarc


12 posted on 02/07/2012 8:30:38 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: ColdOne

There is nothing that the United States or the EU can do but watch as Iranian troops and personnel bolster the Syrian troops


13 posted on 02/07/2012 8:35:46 PM PST by U-238
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To: ColdOne
. . . responsibly and peacefully."
Sounds as if there is a drone with his name on it.

14 posted on 02/07/2012 8:36:09 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: ColdOne

Obama says “step down so the Muslim Brotherhood can takeover”.


15 posted on 02/07/2012 8:44:43 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Cicero

I thought I read a thread where Syrian Christians
were siding with Assad.
This could get complicated.


16 posted on 02/07/2012 8:50:38 PM PST 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: Cicero

I thought I read a thread where Syrian Christians
were siding with Assad.
This could get complicated.


17 posted on 02/07/2012 8:50:58 PM PST 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: tet68

Sorry for the double post, I’m on a wifi set up
and it doesn’t always respond quickly.


18 posted on 02/07/2012 8:52:47 PM PST 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: Mariner

I don’t think we should get involved militarily, but I do think we have a dog in this fight.

If Iran loses its hold over Syria, that’s a very good thing for the region. It could be the only ‘not really bad’ thing in the ME during Obama.


19 posted on 02/07/2012 8:57:24 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: tet68

I heard someone with relatives in Syria call the Michael Savage show, saying that the Syrian Christians and Jews were on Assad’s side.

It’s the Islamofascists that are the opposition ... The Won’s people.


20 posted on 02/07/2012 9:00:17 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: tet68

Christaians consist of 10 percent of the population in Syria.They have been there since the 5th century. It is the largest Greek Orthodox Antioch denomination.Syrian Christians have their own courts that deal with civil cases like marriage, divorce and inheritance based on Bible teachings.They support Assad because they know what happened to Christians in Egypt by the hands of Conservative Sunnis.Also, Christians are represented in the opposition, and loyalty to the government is often driven more by fear than fervor.


21 posted on 02/07/2012 9:29:18 PM PST by U-238
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To: Cicero

That she is - also, wasn’t it her blabbering about the ‘right to return’ nonsense?


22 posted on 02/07/2012 10:17:06 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: ColdOne

I was kind of hoping assad would say something similar to obama.


23 posted on 02/07/2012 10:40:51 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: tet68

Assad is part of the Alawite minority so his regime is neccessarily secular. His opponents are the same Muslim Brotherhood Islamist dogs that his uncle butchered back in the 80s. The Christians know their only hope for survival is to stick with Assad.


24 posted on 02/07/2012 11:00:01 PM PST by Hughesian (vincit qui patitur)
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To: tet68
This could get complicated.
Not complicated, but convenient for Obamas crew. When else does he have two who are on his eliminate list that he can attack with no concern.... this is the stuff of dreams. Expect attacks on both Assad and the Christians.
25 posted on 02/07/2012 11:00:20 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: ColdOne
"Your days are numbered,"...

Is this what Obama said to Assad, or what Assad said to Obama?

26 posted on 02/08/2012 12:18:51 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: ColdOne

Well, hey, look how well regime change in Libya and Egypt has worked out.

That’s right - keep trying to impose American cultural standards on the Middle East; we’re not quite at World War III yet, but we can certainly get there under Obama’s guidance.


27 posted on 02/08/2012 12:23:31 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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