Sources: U.S. close to calling for al-Assad to step down
August 9th, 2011
07:44 PM ET

Sources: U.S. close to calling for al-Assad to step down

The United States is moving toward an explicit call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, multiple U.S. government sources have told CNN.

The move is expected in the coming days, after the United States consults with the United Nations Security Council. The United States has opposed Assad's security crackdown on protests across Syria.

Administration officials have been talking among themselves about when would be the most effective time to call on al-Assad (pictured) to step down, several sources over the past week have told CNN. Officials described the White House as being more eager, while the State Department was more cautious about the ramifications should al-Assad not heed the call.

A Security Council meeting is expected Wednesday, multiple U.S. government sources told CNN.

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  1. RuffNutt

    I'm sorry looks like I haven't had my morning coffee just yet. I meant good post banasy,I couldn't agree with you more.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    Good post George,Spiral,banasy,and RuffNutt. Thank you.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Karl Magnus

    Oh Puhleeeeeeeeze.
    President Smart Power™ may read what his TelePromTer tells him, but that's the ONLY way that those words will ever leave his mouf. Why hasn't the man-child in mom-jeans spoken up yet?

    Syria is a perennial belligerent re: both Israel and AMERICAN security. The Black Narcissus is no friend of Israel.
    (It's a long story, read excerpts from his books – don't bother with the entire self-serving BS)

    'Baby Eye Doc' Assad has the support of the people in his country who matter most – the military and the anti-Israel Muslim majority.
    Of course if President Smart Power™ were consistent, he would have called out Syria and Iran BEFORE helping to depose Egypt's Mubarek, who was both an ally and a mediating force in the Middle East.

    Therefore: President Smart Power™ has screwed the pooch in so many ways, it will be difficult to repair.

    Perry / Bolton 2012


    August 10, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Syria allowed US use of their military bases during the invasion of Iraq. Isreal did not. You do the math. The US arms and is aligned with some of Israel's staumchest sworn enemies, including Saudi Arabia. Mubarek was bribed into kissing-up to Israel by both Israel and the US, making him a multi-billionaire until his own people had enough and took to the streets demanding a true leader rather than a bribe-taking puppet. How long before American's have had their fill of this craep?

    August 10, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. student

    I vote to remove American govt.

    August 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    This is my first post on this thread.
    I am always amused when the troll, Dick, presumes to write under my name.
    Then Dick answers himself by stealing other names.

    Imo, the US has no right to call anyone down, any more than Syria has a right to call for Obama to step down.
    We must clean up our mess here at home.

    August 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark L.

    Let's invite Bashar al-Assad, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Khaled Meshaal, Hassan Nasrallah, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, Moamar Gadhafi, etc. to the United States of America. Let's bring them here on-board an ocean-vessel. Once they get about half-way past the Atlantic Ocean, let's drop a laser-guided missile on their boat. PROBLEM RESOLVED !!

    August 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KcCritic

    It's not our business nor should it be our concern what Syria's government is doing. They just do all these stories about other countries to distract us from what OUR own countrys government is doing! How can any country pretend to know what's best for another country when the other country is more messed up than the country they are trying to give advice to??? Im waiting for the day when ANY other leader of ANY other country sends the USA a message calling for Obama to step down.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Mark L...or we could waterboard them and find out if any American's have been bribing them. I wonder what an OBL waterboarding would have revealed. (actually, you are wondering. I know that it would have revealed that he worked for the CIA and that The Carlyle Group paid him 50 million dollars to go into Afghanistan and repel the Soviet's who were after the same trans-Afghanistan pipeline that the Group was after.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the prophet

    the general public is ignorant...what is the role of the CIA around the world ?

    August 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
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