July 8th, 2011
02:48 PM ET

Syria slams U.S. diplomat's trip to Hama

The embattled Syrian regime is accusing the U.S. ambassador of inciting protests in the restive city of Hama, but a State Department official called that claim "absolute rubbish" Friday.

The state-run Syrian media says U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford also met with "saboteurs" and undermined its national dialogue initiative during a visit to that city.

The government said Ford did not ask for proper permission to travel there, where thousands of people have taken to the streets for anti-government protests in recent days, including a huge turnout on Friday.

"This U.S. conduct is also aimed at obstructing dialogue and political solutions undertaken by the leadership in Syria," according to a media source quoted by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency on Friday.

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  1. HRH banasy

    Because I trust everything that the state-run Syrian TV says.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |

    U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford -wouldnt it be funny if his middle name was RED?

    July 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |

    to bad we are the girly usa now..

    July 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saboteurs #82

    hahaha!!! we are going to get you syria!! and your little dog tooo.....

    July 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hama local sheriff roscoe coletrain

    i get you saboteurs and them duke boys...

    July 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dslguy

    That's cute to try to blame the usa for your trouble syria as your rule is at an end and you did this yourselves, don't even try to blame us and if this man did something so bad why is he not under arrest?? nice try but look in the mirror for who is to blame for the unrest happening. Instead of killing and fighting why not just do the right thing and leave, stop being greedy in thinking your loseing your money sorce and walk away like a real man.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Diplomats do it with diplomacy.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ellis in Florida

    And Cesar is a gay man. Cesar does it with any man.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Thousands of Israelis came out to protest against the policies of their Govt towards palestinians, in the streets of Tel Aviv on June 4, 2011. And to support President Obama's two nation solution to the Israeli-palestine conflict.
    I wonder why no diplomat of ours was at hand to talk to the protestors or any one from our mainstream media?

    Or why is no one from our State deptt or the media on the ground there to cover the arrival of hundreds of European protestors due to arrive in Tel Aviv by air. As the Israeli navy & spy teams make sure that a dozen ships carrying humanitarian aid & peace activists to Gaza including a Us ship & 50 Americans, are not allowed to leave a Greek port.

    Just wondering !

    July 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just ME

      First of all the Israeli/Palestinian conflict has been going on for decades. Whether or not Israel and Palestine decides on a two state solution will be most likely if Iran boots Hamas out of the Gaza Strip. That is a given. Israel's Gov has made it clear where they stand on their own national security. They don't have a problem with Palestinians..it's Hamas that is the problem. As for the "Audacy of Hope" Greece stopped that ship because they left Port without authorization. Something that is a law there. They need to abide by the LAW! Those people going in KNOW they can take those humanitarian items to a neutral place and they would be distributed from there. But since they are anti-Israel they will break the laws and try to go through a blockade? That is about stupid! And yet people want to root for them breaking that blockade to bring items into Hamas a terrorist organization? UNREAL! Having European protestors flown in to another Country to protest that Countries laws is another example of idiotic. That would be like them flying a plane of Citizens over to protest our laws?? I guess when everyone realizes that Hezbolla has been functioning down in Mexico and causing some serious problems for us..they will realize just what Israel is up against when we are dealing with it ourselves.

      July 9, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    I love muslims, I had an affair with a guy from Saudi Arabia. Had to abort.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Once you abort the next one is easy, don't like men wearing protection, I like it raw.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Are you the real @ banasy.
    If you were you would be responding to my post with enlightening comments.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Sorry saywhat, have my mind in this guy I met (saudi). Awesome!

    July 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      Here's that damn Tea Partier blogging under my name again.

      July 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Wish @ philip or @JIF or @ RUFFNUT would come up with some comments. These are folks savvy on current & international affairs.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Good for you @ banasy

    July 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
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