January 5th, 2012
08:07 AM ET

Official: Arab League monitors made 'mistakes' in Syria

Arab League monitors made "mistakes" during their fact-finding mission in Syria, Qatar's foreign minister said on Thursday.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani told reporters that the league is seeking technical assistance from the United Nations for its mission, lambasted by many critics for failing to halt violence.

He didn't elaborate on the errors, but he stressed that the mission was of an "observatory nature, not to intervene in stopping the violence."

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  1. Golda Myear

    "Get US involved" LMAO. Americans developed the middle east's oilfields, continue to profit from middle eatern oilsales, continue to maintain and build pipelines, drill wells, work on existing ones, etc...and you pretend like our leaders have no business there.

    January 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Golda Myear

    It IS the business of America's leaders this being involved in middle eastern affairs. Example: ENRON built a huge electric generating powerplant in India that purchases natural gas from a group of Americans operating oil and gas wells north of India. This IS business. American's do in FACT have business being there, and calling on US troops if the locals don't like it.

    January 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Golda Myear

    Who developed Kuwaits oilfields? They didn't know how to do it. Who did it for them? The Bush-Zapata corporation. That's who. And who sent-in US troops to protect American business interests when those Bushco oilwells were attacked? Same dudes that personally profit from it. The same men who profit are the men in charge of US troops. Don't be fooleed thinking Obama isn't one of them. Obama wouldn't say 'Carlyle Group' even if you offered him his old senate seat back.

    January 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Golda Myear

    It's not the Arab Leagues job to restore peace, so why criticize them? It's the UN's job to send-in Peacekeeping forces. If Syria were a nation where we got our oil, diamonds, etc, UN troops would already be there, shadowed by corporate 'Blackwater and Associates' type paid military to do the really dirty work. In other words, it's not about people. It's about priorities. If it threatens America's interest in consuming 1/3 of what the world produces, send in the troops. If not, let 'er ride.

    January 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Hi, chrissy, bc(iah)©

    We need to stay out of it.

    January 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    What's the point of sending the hungry wolves to guard the sheep or sending a boy to do a man's job! Did anyone really expect this bunch to actually have any negative, critically constructive comments after their walk-thru? What nonsense....and to think someone actually pays these guys for this. No hope for stopping any of this religious/tribal infighting until they themselves want to stop and get with the 21st century. Not likely, since they've been at it for centuries and it's part of the Islamic culture – like McDonalds and Chevy's and Southern Baptists here.

    January 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. It IS America's business to be there.

    American oilmen developed Africa's and the Middle East's oilfields decades ago. These men made so much freaking cash they could literally buy the mineral right's to over 20 trillion dollars worth of proven energy reserves from various small countries throughout these regions.These are the LBJ's and the HW Bush's of history. Men who could personally finace runs for public office their corporations making so much freaking money off of controlling Africa and the Middle East.(No, JFK was not one of them) Men with oily hands and a slippery control of US troops. So you see, the USA has every reason to stay there. Did you really think the US built it's largest foreign embassy EVER in Iraq because they were leaving?

    January 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Spirit

    We need to stay out of the Syrian mess. We cannot become involved with another battle in the Middle East. We have too many things going on here at tome that needs our attention.

    January 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. It IS America's business to be there.

    If you are totally ignorant of The Carlyle Group you are totally ignorant concerning what business the USA has sticking it's nose in these affairs. And that's just the crooks...hundreds of American buinesses have headquarters in these countries you claim we have "no business" with. Did James Baker III and the Carlyle Group have any business buying-up the mineral rights to over half of the world's proven energy reserves? Of course it's their business to send-in the troops. They've been doing it for decades.

    January 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wisp

    I agree with the posters saying that the US should stay out of this and clean up the homefront first.

    January 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |

    It's like telling the police to stay-out of your domestic affairs after they've already been to your house a dozen times for domestic violence. I doub't they'll listen. Especially if the battered spouse works for the police department. Think 'World Police'.

    January 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Romkin

    Let the Arab League take care of it. That's their part of the world. NATO and the Unites States needs to STAY OUT!!

    January 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    I agree. Americans who are doing business in the middle east have no business there. LMAO

    January 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ rooney

    Why would the arab league need our help ? They are a conglomeration of very many arab countries. Each of them have armed forces. Let them commit their own troops for a change. They can afford it a lot better than we can. We get involved and we lose more of our men and women. All they lose is the ones we are fighting against.
    Let them handle their own people.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. IndiGirl

    Well, by the same token, Philip, those businessmen should get up their own army. LMAO and quit using ours. LMAO. We need to quit sending our kids over there to be killed. LMAO.
    There's nothing funny about this as all except you LYAO.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
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