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. St. Paul

    -Why must I be such a re_tard- asked Jazzzzz from her donkey stall. Because it is so written said the Lord. Low and behold she accepted the word of the Lord as it was written in the old testament.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Troll # 635-525

    Banasy. Stop it! You are killing me with laughter. My tummy was tightening and tears were flowing. Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Troll # 635-525:


    August 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. V

    The main point of a blog is to utilize our free speech to voice our unique views and opinions on any particular topic. The problem is the people that run this country don’t actually read our posts or take our views to heart. If you think about it we're all just wasting our time venting about issues that are beyond our power to change. Or are they? Ask yourself one question. Are you as people content with being ignored by the very leaders you’ve hired to work for you, or will you refuse to be lost in the annals of history and fight back? This great nation was formed by the people for the people, and it can be re-formed the same way. All you lack is a voice with the courage and conviction to rally behind. The choice is yours.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    What's the point really? He'll listen and step down?

    Shouldn't the president and other world leaders call on the syrian people to throw him out?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. like-new Stealth Schwinn

    @ V:
    Well, yes, our great country was formed by people of conviction and courage.
    I assume that you are aware that they raised more than voices: they raised guns and fired at the British, as well as at quite a few Native Americans.
    Are you advocating the lifting of voices, or of guns?

    August 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George Patton

    Leave it to that friggin' Obama to do the wrong thing about Syria!!! That jerk hasn't done anything right since he became President! What a joke he is!!!!!! As to be expected, our most ignoble European allies followed suit!

    August 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Troll # 635-525

    Not me above. That's a different.

    August 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. the prophet

    Nothing new here...worked for the CIA when it's not convenianre anymore the US tells them step down or else. Not too many options here are there?

    August 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |

    Good grief, George Patton, such tea party lingo! You must be a fan of Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman to use such language here! There is no room in this forum for that kind of language, it is as simple as that!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |

      I see that another mindless Tea Partying troll stole my name to troll me here but I do have to admit that this is quite funny for a change! I only hope that George above isn't too offened by this.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©


    August 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the prophet

    Step down ruffnut sounds familiar

    August 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TROLL 1049

    Hey wait. RuffNutt and banasy are mine. Find your own troll-ets,RuffNutt troll. I didn't post that above. Someone is cutting in!

    August 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. the prophet

    Who what where...I like some followers I think the social media as had an impact on some celebrial brains wske up armada!!!

    August 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom


    August 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
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