Former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley wonders why the president hasn’t told Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down.
Although Obama seemed to embrace the concept of “responsibility to protect” in intervening in Libya and calling for Muammar Gaddafi to step down from power, he has not done the same in Syria. If Gaddafi must go because he is unwilling to reform and has employed extreme state-controlled violence against a population that no longer fears him, so should President Bashar al-Assad.
No doubt the brave protesters in Iran and Syria are wondering “why not us?”
- Obama’s Inconsistency Doctrine on the Arab Spring (thedailybeast.com)
- US senators press Obama to say Assad must go (alternet.org)
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