May 3rd, 2010
07:25 PM ET

Obama extends sanctions against Syria

President Barack Obama has decided to extend sanctions on Syria, sending a letter to Congress Monday saying the yrians' continued support for terrorist organizations posed "a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States."

The president said Syria had "made some progress in suppressing foreign fighter networks infiltrating suicide bombers into Iraq," but its "actions and policies" regarding terror networks made it necessary to keep the sanctions in place.

The economic sanctions, first enacted in 2003, bar exports to Syria and ban Syrian commercial aircraft from landing in the United States. "As we have communicated to the Syrian government directly, Syrian actions will determine whether this national emergency is renewed or terminated in the future," Obama's letter said.

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  1. hugh jorgan

    ldris.........If you were looking for your mother, she was hiding under her niqab while cleaning our toilets for table scraps from our Sunday Ham dinner.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hairman

    Wow to all posters on this issue. Everyone here has spent so much time blasting and name calling each other that by the end of reading comments I forgot what the topic was. Oh Yes, continued Santions on a country who sponsors acts of terrorism with financial support. I agree that Syria is doing better then they were on most issues, however, until they can prove that they no longer sponsor people who use violence to further their objectives, I personally agree with the decision. I will also look at the other side, which is most people on this post seem to slam Isreal. I have some issues with their shunning their allies and continueing their housing developements, it isn't helping the peace process at all. People need to learn constructive dialogue instead of thinking that killing is the answer as if you kill one of my freinds, I then seem to think that killing your freinds is the answer. The mafia has proven that that does not work. If you live by the Sword, you will die by the sword. Pretty simple truth, wondering why no one is acting rationally on either side? Are we ready for dialoque? I hope eventually we will be or what we are seeing now, we will continue to see 10 years from now.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jesus

    That was unnecessary as well as disrespectful.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. hugh jorgan

    We'll overnight him a case of roasted pig sphincters for dinner to make up for it.....

    May 4, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. 3AIR DEFENCE.

    Only GOD alone will save us from (ISLAM) just checkout where ever they are, has never being peaceful, most of those radicals, that have comment on this issue are muslim radical or sponsor by there radicals government, Why not just allow the world to have a complete peace for once. Thanks God for positioning power where it is, only God knows what would have happen if power was in the arab side. Stone hearted people, my advice for u is to educate your people, so they can think like normal people.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. MNI

    Maybe you want to save some for your mom's boyfriend once he's done with your sister.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. America For The Win

    Why are you yappin about Moses/Jesus? There is no such thing as God nor does he want you to blow yourself up for a vast amount of virgins. If there was no religion on Earth there would be only resource wars which will not happen for several hundred years. How dumb can you be to believe in God and to wage wars in his name? Religion was created to put fear into man and make sure anarchy doesn't break out. If you ask me, we are worse off with you believing in some magic man with a beard and a white robe. Idiots. now to this Idris toolshed...

    MNI Idris: You attack American households for not living with their parents till they pass away? For being nude? Yes .. no please can we have your culture of making your women hide beneath robes, keeping them from getting an education and I am so jealous that you have only "fornicated" with one person in your ever so "faithful" way of rich cultural life. Pick up a book, there is more to your sad pathetic life than camel incest and sand up your crack. Without America you don't survive. Be lucky America entered WW2, you and your culture would be ashes. No .. wait Hitler would have left you alone... he had a thing for all of you Middle East Garbage. He absolutely loved all of you. Hate the U.S but thanks to the U.S you are typing your ridiculous comments on here. I hope a drone missile drops and kills your camel, not you. So you may enjoy the company of your hand for the rest of your life so you may continue your rich Persian Garbage Culture.

    PS: Eat Me

    With Love,

    America

    May 4, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. hugh jorgan

    You'd probably rather watch your prophet mohammed giving to your little brother, after his feast of pig rectums ...............

    May 4, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. hugh jorgan

    Ahh, yes..........the grand mufti of Jerusalem............Hitler's houseboy.......

    May 4, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. America For The Win

    LOL Hugh Jorgan for the win 😉

    May 4, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. hugh jorgan

    Hmmm.......Now where were those pictures of Cartman giving it to Mohammed in the poop chute with a lawn dart.............

    May 4, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Democratized global world is owned by monetary policy,wealth and the banks.

    Sanction syria , sanction iran and anyother nation that doesn't follow America's policy. Do as what america wants and you will be happy simple as that. As you know society looks down on weaker and poorer ones. Sanctions on weak poor countries its all the same. What can we do about this ?? well go to war and in see who wins. Problem solved. Well no one can beat the U.S army or maybe China?? Well that is why they can't sanction china for their money policy lol. Ain't that funny. What can we do about it ??

    May 4, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Alloer2009

    So, all of you internet cowboys wanting to know why people hate you so much for a reason, this is one of them.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. An Arab

    It looks like a chess game: Israel accused Syria of supplying Hizib-allh with long range missiles so they force USA to extend sanction on Syria. Good timing but bad game. Sanction might be useful when the USA was the world, with the emerging of China and Brazil, and India.

    We have seen Clinton and Israeli official swamped to the US couple of weeks ago.

    Just a thought.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    I think we have the right to not do business with any country we percieve as a threat. It is America's right just as it is Syria's right to not do business with us. The comments about our way of life here in America really show a total lack of understanding for the way the average American lives and absolutely shows your lack of intelligence. As for people not liking us internet cowboys...well most of us could care less whether you like us or not, that is what makes us Americans. As for not having culture well we have all cultures because we are a big mixing pot of people from every country and religion to include yours. Our influence is global and we have changed the culture of every country in the world. There is a reason so many people in other countries learn english. I try my best to show restraint in dealing with foriegners who do nothing but insult my country and are blaming it for all thier own problems. The day will come when oil will mean nothing to us and then what will you do? No foreign cash proping up your corrupt governments. Who will you blame for your problems then? You might actually have to take responsibilty for solving your own problems and of course you will resort to killing your own people as you have done for thousands of years. So do me a favor and put a gun to your own head and pull the trigger and spare us all the agonies of the impact on the world of your pitiful existence.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
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