White House condemns all violence in Syria

WASHINGTON Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:15pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday condemned all acts of violence in Syria, including attacks by insurgents on supporters of the government of President Bashar al-Assad, such as an assault on a pro-government television station in Damascus.

"We condemn all acts of violence, including those targeting pro-regime elements," White House spokesman Jay Carney told a regular daily news briefing. He called on all parties to end hostilities in Syria.

Gunmen stormed a pro-government Syrian TV channel headquarters on Wednesday, bombing buildings and shooting dead three employees, state media said, in one of the boldest attacks yet on a symbol of the authoritarian state.

Assad declared late on Tuesday that his country was "at war." Carney, asked about this comment, agreed that the situation in Syria was dire but said it was the result of Assad's efforts to try to "cling on to power at all costs."

"The brutality that's being leveled against the Syrian people is of his own doing," Carney said.

Carney said the United States was working with its international partners to keep up the pressure on Assad to step aside and looked forward to a meeting of world powers in Geneva on Saturday to try to find a way to solve the crisis.

Washington is committed to a political transition in Syria that "cannot, because of the choices he made, include Assad," Carney said.

"There is not a great deal of time here for the international community to come together and act before the situation there potentially dissolves into a broader sectarian civil war with implications for the region," he said.

International mediator Kofi Annan said he will hold a ministerial-level meeting on Syria in Geneva on Saturday with the aim of seeking an end to the violence and agreeing on principles for a "Syrian-led political transition."

Foreign ministers from the global powers and Middle East countries will attend the Geneva meeting, called for by Annan to find ways to implement his stalled six-point peace plan and Security Council resolutions, including an immediate halt to all violence.

(Reporting By Susan Cornwell and Samson Reiny; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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l.conley wrote:
Really when Obama has signed an executive order concealing his and his administration’s violence. It isn’t likely they take Obama at is words.

It is Obama’s attitude “if you are going to make an omelet you are going to scramble some eggs” that kills, not guns. Obama uses different words about his droning list, it is the same attitude. Obama is attempting to obscure “if you are going to make an omelet you are going to scramble some eggs”, through out his Presidency inside of you and me.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer knew about the tactic of “fast and furious” for certain Wednesday February 2nd 2011: Whether Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer knew the name or not is another question to be answered, he certainly knew the tactics. Friday, February 4th 2011 3:49pm the memo was sent. However the memo was about the meeting Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer had in Mexico with Mexico’s high level government officials Wednesday February 2nd 2011.

Department of Justice memo Friday, February 4th 2011 3:49pm (page 8 of 9) Meeting took place Wednesday February 2nd 2011 (time?) In Mexico with the Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer of Attorney General Eric Holder.

Paragraph 3 “Propose Cross-Border Operation.
AAG Breuer suggested allowing straw purchasers to cross into Mexico so SSP can arrest and PGR can prosecute and convict. Such coordinated operations between United States and Mexico may send a strong message to traffickers.RC -6″.

Paragraph 1 (page 8 of 9) “Arms Trafficking…(Please note that the ideal of holding a High Level Meeting in the spring also came up during the meeting with Secretary Clinton’s visit to Mexico last week).”

Public released “fast and furious” memos.

Obama admits drone strikes kill innocent Pakistanis http://youtu.be/oMJxzueBxjQ

Federal Agent John Dobson: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico – CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/03/03/eveningnews/main20039031.shtml

Jun 27, 2012 3:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
oortcloud wrote:
What does any of that have to do with Syria?

Jun 27, 2012 4:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
neillevine3 wrote:
Assad makes money on crude oil but Obama does not want to put pressure on him with that.

Jun 27, 2012 4:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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