World leaders, Obama call on Syrian president to step down
World leaders want Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
August 18th, 2011
10:09 AM ET

World leaders, Obama call on Syrian president to step down

[Updated at 10:10 a.m.] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States "will take steps to mitigate any unintended effects of the (new) sanctions on the Syrian people."

Clinton also said the United States expects that other countries "will amplify the steps we are taking."

[Posted at 10:05 a.m.] The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom joined U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday in calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

"Our three countries believe that President Assad, who is resorting to brutal military force against his own people and who is responsible for the situation, has lost all legitimacy and can no longer claim to lead the country," British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement.

"We call on him to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside in the best interests of Syria and the unity of its people."

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  1. it's just food for thought

    How you chew and poop is up to you. (and ditto, only gossip blog)

    August 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. What in the hell....

    ....are you talking about, it's just food for thought?

    August 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RuffNutt

    Good grief banasy! What tea party lingo! You must be a fan of Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann. You are obviously a firm supporter of the right-wing thugs in Washington. How disgusting!

    August 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • slider

      I am waiting for the soup kitchens to open up around America. We have such a grand bunch supporting the president.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Hi, Dick.
    How are you today?
    Still stealing names, I see.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Good grief RuffNutt! What tea party lingo! You must be a fan of Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann. You are obviously a firm supporter of the right-wing thugs in Washington. How disgusting!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pink Panther

    Well RuffNutt,I see this banasy character is at it again using other people's names to make tea party jokes. I just don't see the humor in it. I guess some people get their fill in very strange ways.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    What gets my goat is that the Obama Administration continues to support a war that we never should have been in to begin with. As for that clown banasy,I don't understand why she steels other people's names. I think that with her lack of maturity,My Space or Tweeter may be more suited for her. She could also consider a teenage chat room. Good luck to the poor young thing anyway.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Considering Congress' Approval Rating I'd Say They Are In No Position To Make Demands

    Americans' Satisfaction With National Conditions Dips to 11% Gallup finds 11% of Americans satisfied with the way things are going in the United States, the lowest since December 2008 and just four percentage points above the all-time low from October 2008. Americans continue to cite the economy and jobs as the most important problems facing the country. New Low of 26% Approve of Obama on the Economy A new low of 26% of Americans approve of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, down 11 percentage points since mid-May and by far the lowest of his presidency. More broadly, Obama is at a low on five of seven major issues tested in the new poll.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Well RuffNutt,I see this Pink Panther character is at it again using other people’s names to make tea party jokes. I just don’t see the humor in it. I guess some people get their fill in very strange ways.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Hoping that's not the real gung hoe.
    Pretty much think it's good old Dick stealing names again.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzz

    Psalm 2
    God’s Promise to His Anointed
    1 Why do the nations conspire,
    and the peoples plot in vain?
    2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and his anointed, saying,
    3 ‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
    and cast their cords from us.’

    4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord has them in derision.
    5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
    6 ‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’

    7 I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
    He said to me, ‘You are my son;
    today I have begotten you.
    8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
    9 You shall break them with a rod of iron,
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’

    10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
    11 Serve the Lord with fear,
    with trembling 12kiss his feet,*
    or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.

    Happy are all who take refuge in him.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzz

    Psalm 22
    Plea for Deliverance from Suffering and HostilityTo the leader: according to The Deer of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.
    1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
    2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
    and by night, but find no rest.

    3 Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
    4 In you our ancestors trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
    5 To you they cried, and were saved;
    in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.

    6 But I am a worm, and not human;
    scorned by others, and despised by the people.
    7 All who see me mock at me;
    they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
    8 ‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
    let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’

    9 Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
    you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
    10 On you I was cast from my birth,
    and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
    11 Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near
    and there is no one to help.

    12 Many bulls encircle me,
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
    13 they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.

    14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
    my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
    15 my mouth* is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

    16 For dogs are all around me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me.
    My hands and feet have shrivelled;*
    17 I can count all my bones.
    They stare and gloat over me;
    18 they divide my clothes among themselves,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.

    19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
    O my help, come quickly to my aid!
    20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my life* from the power of the dog!
    21 Save me from the mouth of the lion!

    From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued* me.
    22 I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;*
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
    23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
    stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
    24 For he did not despise or abhor
    the affliction of the afflicted;
    he did not hide his face from me,*
    but heard when I* cried to him.

    25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
    26 The poor* shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
    May your hearts live for ever!

    27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord;
    and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before him.*
    28 For dominion belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.

    29 To him,* indeed, shall all who sleep in* the earth bow down;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    and I shall live for him.*
    30 Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord,
    31 and* proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
    saying that he has done it.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    What gets my goat is that clown Dick the Troll. I don’t understand why he steals other people’s names. I think that with his lack of maturity, My Space or Twitter may be more suited for him. He could also consider a teenage chat room. Good luck to the poor young thing anyway-his parents must be pulling their hair out trying to get him out of the basement and outside for some fresh air.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzz

    jOHN 7:6
    Jesus said to them, ‘My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. St. Paul

    The Lord looked down upon the earth and said-Jazzzzzz will turn re_tard_ed in August of 2011.- Thou and behold she became a re tard. The lord looked down upon the earth and saw that all was well.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
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