Pawlenty wants U.S. to recall its ambassador to Syria

Potential Republican party presidential contender Tim Pawlenty wants the U.S. to recall its ambassador to Syria ( pictured right) and seek economic sanctions to send “a clear and strong signal” opposing the nation’s violent crackdown on demonstrators.

In a written statement Friday, the former Minnesota governor also pressed President Barack Obama to seek a formal condemnation from the United Nations Security Council.

At least 75 people were killed Friday when Syrian security forces fired bullets and tear gas at protesters. It was the bloodiest day of a month-long uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Obama is condemning the latest use of force against anti-government demonstrators and says the regime’s “outrageous” use of violence against the protesters must “end now.”

Pawlenty is among several Republicans considering a bid to challenge Obama’s re-election next year. AP

  • C S

    Not a fan of Pawlenty, but have to admire his stand on this…Obama needs to stop being so fucking non-chalant about quickly changing developments in the Middle East, and stop taking his good old time to make a stand for democracy. I like Obama and voted for him, but if he keeps taking forever to make important decisions, he will be losing my vote, for sure..stop dilly-dallying, ya O….Pull the Ambassador, which we should not have sent, in the first place, fuck the sanctions they won’t do anything….threaten the bastard with military action, and if he doesn’t get the message, then bomb the mother fuckers troops, and he will quickly get the message. Look at Qaddafi..he is laughing at the US and NATO….did we not try to take out Hitler in WWII? Why don’t they just drop a fucking bomb on Qaddafi and finish this silliness? If Bashar doesn’t get the message, then drop one on him too…he is going to cry about it?

  • Elinjaim

    For their safety, Obama Administration should bring home all American Staff of the US Embassy
    in Damascus. I’m afraid that Hizballah fighters and snippers would kidnap any of them and force
    us to interfere. Such action will unite the majority of Syrians behind Al-Asad to fight the infidels…

    • Crossed

      Hezbollah does not kidnap diplomats, or go on the offensive. As a Lebanese party their actions only take place in Lebanon. If they wanted to take American diplomats they would do so within Lebanon anyway.

      I think you can rest easy.

      • ohliban75

        CROSSED- You are either stupid,naive or a chronic liar,I’m not going to respond to your insults. trust me on this sooner or later they are going to wipe you off and erradicate people like and your beloved terrorists from the face of earth.LONG LIVE LEBANON DOWN YOUR THROAT. go back to Yemmen.

  • Anonymous

    For his safety, Obama Administration should bring home all American Staff of the US Embassy
    in Damascus. I’m afraid that Hizballah fighters and snippers would kidnap any of them and force
    us to interfere. Such action will unite the majority of Syrians behind Al-Asad to fight the infidels…

    • Anonymous

      Hezbollah does not kidnap diplomats, or go on the offensive. As a Lebanese party their actions only take place in Lebanon. If they wanted to take American diplomats they would do so within Lebanon anyway.

      I think you can rest easy.

      • Anonymous

        CROSSED- You are either stupid,naive or a chronic liar,I’m not going to respond to your insults. trust me on this sooner or later they are going to wipe you off and erradicate people like and your beloved terrorists from the face of earth.LONG LIVE LEBANON DOWN YOUR THROAT. go back to Yemmen.

  • Elinjaim

    Hello Crossed
    FYI, Hizballah is an Iranian organization that exists in Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon,
    Egypt, Ghazza, etc. Even in North and Latin America. It is under the command of the
    Basdaran that is totally under the control of Ayatullah Al-Uthma Khamniei, the Supreme
    Leader of Iran. Do you remember that Hizballah attacked the US Marines Barack in Beirut
    and killed 234 soldiers in 1983? Do you remember that Hizballah claimed responsibility of
    bombing Al-Khubar Tower in Saudi Arabia and killing 19 US Airmen? Do you remember that
    Hizballah kidnapped and killed many USA soldiers in Iraq? Do you remember that Hizballah
    sent 27 fighters to Egypt and were all captured and put in jail?
    If you need more evidence to confirm without a shodow of doubt that Hizballah is not a peaceful
    pussy-cat and purely Lebanese party, just let me know. I think you’re smarter than others who
    think so and terribly mislead. Hizballah doesn’t give a damn about Lebanon or its government.
    The only promise that we could get from Iranian leaders was “We won’t fight Lebanese army
    and we won’t kidnap Foreigners any more on Lebanese land.” Beside that, rest assured that
    Hizballah isn’t a Lebanese party with complete loyalty to Lebanon.

    • Crossed

      “Hizballah is an Iranian organization ”

      -No it’s not. It’s a Lebanese group with an armed wing formed in response to israeli occupation of South Lebanon. They are supported by Iran, but have their own agenda.

      “Do you remember that Hizballah attacked the US Marines Barack in Beirut
      and killed 234 soldiers in 1983?”

      – No, Hezbollah was founded in 1985. How can they bomb something before they were even created?

      “Do you remember that Hizballah claimed responsibility of
      bombing Al-Khubar Tower in Saudi Arabia and killing 19 US Airmen? Do you remember that
      Hizballah kidnapped and killed many USA soldiers in Iraq?”

      -You have no proof, and neither does any one else. Those are political accusations which hold no ground. If you can provide proof I will believe it. But I know you can’t, nor can anyone for that matter.

      “Do you remember that Hizballah
      sent 27 fighters to Egypt and were all captured and put in jail?”

      -Hezbollah sent a group to help the elected government of Gaza not a cell. As a Lebanese I am proud of such actions that help 1.5 million people locked away from the rest of the world.

      I think you need to review facts on the ground. Once you eliminate all the politics and false accusations you find that one group provides Lebanon with real protection and growth. Not to mention effective hospital networks, social services, and education.

      • Yeah,and Hezbollah absolutely gets its funding and weapons from Iran and Syria at the rate of 100%. There is always the one on here that spouts the worst,Bush did it,Israel did it,The west did it,Them darn Zionist sharks.. it is so old and nonconstructive..Israel has zero interest in Lebanon and wouldn’t give the slightest if you didn’t have that nest of murdering thugs setting up shop in your country.In fact Israel has never really directly went after you,its been Arafat,Syria,and Hezbollah and Iran who has caused all the resulting destruction to your country over the decades,dont deny it,it’s world FACT.Having these monsters in your government now is willing to risk your country being alienated from the world,living with Sanctions,and death.All because you want to be in the Iran- Syria-Hezbollah – Hamas axis.When they just overthrew your government,the Lebanese should have rose up and destroyed Hezbollah,but now your right back in the mess with the cause of the problem in your corner,refusing to compromise, refusing to negotiate, and ready and willing to sacrifice your country at a moments notice when it’s new master Iran wills it.
        Dont come on here and try to make excuses for the 2 terror attacks you brought up.Damn right they did it,and they were already forming as a unit long before the charter was published.Their days are numbered.Hopefully it wont take Israel coming in and liquidating them,it would be better for the Lebanese to do it themselves.As soon as they get this burden terrorist org. of their backs the better.Syria too needs to dump them too,and Hamas and Iran, as well as the dentist himself.Iran’s gonna fall too,trust me.That, or my country is going to destroy the nuclear program and the IRG plain and simple.Take that one to the bank,I’m guessing 2013,but maybe sooner,Obama is slipping in the polls and might just act next summer.And take this to the bank,I read all about their new this and new that,new missile,new jet,new whatever.When we come,stay in your homes,and away from any military target,cause push comes to shove,were going to remove it all.Then maybe your people can get out of this 40+year black hole of a undereducated, underemployed,stagnating society your leaders have led you too.Give up all this hate and murder garbage, and seek progress for your people before you get really left behind.
        It will be a good day when Iran, Syria, Lebanon,Libya,Yemen, all these murderers have received their dues.This is the big chance to become the next orient or EU, dont blow it.You might not get this kinda chance to change in mass for centuries again.Dont waste it on more hate.

        • Beiruti

          Iran Aware, i couldnt agree with you more that Hezbollah were already forming as a unit before their character was published. If it wasnt for the 1983 Marine Bombings, Hezbollah wouldnt be the resistence they are today. This was the first major terrorist attack in history, this is when America should have opened their eyes. This bombing motivated all the Islamic Extremists. But look at the bright side, Israel couldnt control Lebanon, Israel has one of the top armies in the world. We kicked Syrias ass out in 2005 no big deal, and Syria has one of the best armies in the ME, Hezbollah is nothing compared to Israel or Syria, surely when the time comes their asses will be kicked out too. Hezbollah wont give up its arms, and most likely they will have to be forced to give their arms. Hezbollah has the Sunnis, Christians and some Druze and Shi’ites against them and Israel they’re a lost cause and if Syria suceeds at overthrowing their filthy regime its a dream come true. Because no more Iran.

  • Anonymous

    Hello Crossed
    FYI, Hizballah is an Iranian organization that exists in Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon,
    Egypt, Ghazza, etc. Even in North and Latin America. It is under the command of the
    Basdaran that is totally under the control of Ayatullah Al-Uthma Khamniei, the Supreme
    Leader of Iran. Do you remember that Hizballah attacked the US Marines Barack in Beirut
    and killed 234 soldiers in 1983? Do you remember that Hizballah claimed responsibility of
    bombing Al-Khubar Tower in Saudi Arabia and killing 19 US Airmen? Do you remember that
    Hizballah kidnapped and killed many USA soldiers in Iraq? Do you remember that Hizballah
    sent 27 fighters to Egypt and were all captured and put in jail?
    If you need more evidence to confirm without a shodow of doubt that Hizballah is not a peaceful
    pussy-cat and purely Lebanese party, just let me know. I think you’re smarter than others who
    think so and terribly mislead. Hizballah doesn’t give a damn about Lebanon or its government.
    The only promise that we could get from Iranian leaders was “We won’t fight Lebanese army
    and we won’t kidnap Foreigners any more on Lebanese land.” Beside that, rest assured that
    Hizballah isn’t a Lebanese party with complete loyalty to Lebanon.

    • Anonymous

      “Hizballah is an Iranian organization ”

      -No it’s not. It’s a Lebanese group with an armed wing formed in response to israeli occupation of South Lebanon. They are supported by Iran, but have their own agenda.

      “Do you remember that Hizballah attacked the US Marines Barack in Beirut
      and killed 234 soldiers in 1983?”

      – No, Hezbollah was founded in 1985. How can they bomb something before they were even created?

      “Do you remember that Hizballah claimed responsibility of
      bombing Al-Khubar Tower in Saudi Arabia and killing 19 US Airmen? Do you remember that
      Hizballah kidnapped and killed many USA soldiers in Iraq?”

      -You have no proof, and neither does any one else. Those are political accusations which hold no ground. If you can provide proof I will believe it. But I know you can’t, nor can anyone for that matter.

      “Do you remember that Hizballah
      sent 27 fighters to Egypt and were all captured and put in jail?”

      -Hezbollah sent a group to help the elected government of Gaza not a cell. As a Lebanese I am proud of such actions that help 1.5 million people locked away from the rest of the world.

      I think you need to review facts on the ground. Once you eliminate all the politics and false accusations you find that one group provides Lebanon with real protection and growth. Not to mention effective hospital networks, social services, and education.

      • Yeah,and Hezbollah absolutely gets its funding and weapons from Iran and Syria at the rate of 100%. There is always the one on here that spouts the worst,Bush did it,Israel did it,The west did it,Them darn Zionist sharks.. it is so old and nonconstructive..Israel has zero interest in Lebanon and wouldn’t give the slightest if you didn’t have that nest of murdering thugs setting up shop in your country.In fact Israel has never really directly went after you,its been Arafat,Syria,and Hezbollah and Iran who has caused all the resulting destruction to your country over the decades,dont deny it,it’s world FACT.Having these monsters in your government now is willing to risk your country being alienated from the world,living with Sanctions,and death.All because you want to be in the Iran- Syria-Hezbollah – Hamas axis.When they just overthrew your government,the Lebanese should have rose up and destroyed Hezbollah,but now your right back in the mess with the cause of the problem in your corner,refusing to compromise, refusing to negotiate, and ready and willing to sacrifice your country at a moments notice when it’s new master Iran wills it.
        Dont come on here and try to make excuses for the 2 terror attacks you brought up.Damn right they did it,and they were already forming as a unit long before the charter was published.Their days are numbered.Hopefully it wont take Israel coming in and liquidating them,it would be better for the Lebanese to do it themselves.As soon as they get this burden terrorist org. of their backs the better.Syria too needs to dump them too,and Hamas and Iran, as well as the dentist himself.Iran’s gonna fall too,trust me.That, or my country is going to destroy the nuclear program and the IRG plain and simple.Take that one to the bank,I’m guessing 2013,but maybe sooner,Obama is slipping in the polls and might just act next summer.And take this to the bank,I read all about their new this and new that,new missile,new jet,new whatever.When we come,stay in your homes,and away from any military target,cause push comes to shove,were going to remove it all.Then maybe your people can get out of this 40+year black hole of a undereducated, underemployed,stagnating society your leaders have led you too.Give up all this hate and murder garbage, and seek progress for your people before you get really left behind.
        It will be a good day when Iran, Syria, Lebanon,Libya,Yemen, all these murderers have received their dues.This is the big chance to become the next orient or EU, dont blow it.You might not get this kinda chance to change in mass for centuries again.Dont waste it on more hate.

        • Anonymous

          Iran Aware, i couldnt agree with you more that Hezbollah were already forming as a unit before their character was published. If it wasnt for the 1983 Marine Bombings, Hezbollah wouldnt be the resistence they are today. This was the first major terrorist attack in history, this is when America should have opened their eyes. This bombing motivated all the Islamic Extremists. But look at the bright side, Israel couldnt control Lebanon, Israel has one of the top armies in the world. We kicked Syrias ass out in 2005 no big deal, and Syria has one of the best armies in the ME, Hezbollah is nothing compared to Israel or Syria, surely when the time comes their asses will be kicked out too. Hezbollah wont give up its arms, and most likely they will have to be forced to give their arms. Hezbollah has the Sunnis, Christians and some Druze and Shi’ites against them and Israel they’re a lost cause and if Syria suceeds at overthrowing their filthy regime its a dream come true. Because no more Iran.

        • Anonymous

          They’re not facts just because you say they are. Again one by one i’ll correct you:

          “Yeah,and Hezbollah absolutely gets its funding and weapons from Iran and Syria at the rate of 100%.”

          -Hezbollah also gets funding from Lebanese citizens and Russian/Chinese arms.

          “Israel has zero interest in Lebanon and wouldn’t give the slightest if you didn’t have that nest of murdering thugs setting up shop in your country.In fact Israel has never really directly went after you”

          -Wow. All the israeli prime ministers have pointed to the Litani river’s importance. Sharon even said “the Litani must be included in any israeli buffer zone”. So Israel obviously has intentions to come after our resources. Do not say otherwise because that would be ridiculous. Even if israel never declared war on the state, they still occupied the South. As Lebanese we have the unquestionable right to defend ourselves and liberate our land. This is something Hezbollah does on a daily basis. And what about the new gas findings? Israel has already started tapping into Lebanese reserves. It is very clear they have their eyes on Lebanon’s resources.

          “they were already forming as a unit long before the charter was published”

          -That makes no sense. Do you know how Hezbollah was formed? The political wing came after the armed wing which means a charter did not exist at the time. Perhaps you need to understand how exactly hezbollah came to be.

          The rest of your comment is make belief. I believe in defending my country by not depending on the West which is committed to israel’s dominance in the region. All peoples, Arabs and Persians included, have the right to defend themselves, produce civil nuclear energy, and stand up for the rights of Palestinians. I am not calling for a war with israel, but rather a defense strategy that ensures Lebanon’s survival. At the core is an armed Hezbollah which is capable of providing deterrence against the Israeli war machine. An ideal situation would be to have the Lebanese army instead of Hezbollah, but due to restrictions by the West, the army is “not allowed” to be strong. Hezbollah can bypass such restrictions, and for the time being, is Lebanon’s best option.

          • Doesnt matter what you think about the gas off the coast,its not yours though you might have some of your own,problem is your country cant hold it together enough to even look for resources cause your too busy playing terror games through out the world.Deny all you want but that organization is the reason your country is still 100+ years behind everyone else.Hezbollah must be destroyed.Period

          • Doesnt matter what you think about the gas off the coast,its not yours though you might have some of your own,problem is your country cant hold it together enough to even look for resources cause your too busy playing terror games through out the world.Deny all you want but that organization is the reason your country is still 100+ years behind everyone else.Hezbollah must be destroyed.Period

          • Doesnt matter what you think about the gas off the coast,its not yours though you might have some of your own,problem is your country cant hold it together enough to even look for resources cause your too busy playing terror games through out the world.Deny all you want but that organization is the reason your country is still 100+ years behind everyone else.Hezbollah must be destroyed.Period

  • guss043

    Obama is a very weak president ,Syria is having an easy ride with the killing , Europe double standard for Libya and Syria is shameful , anyhow who cares , Lebanese kick the ass of Assad without any help, and Syrian people should finish the job by exterminating the whole Assad family down to the last one , such evil gene shouldn’t exist !!!!!

  • guss043

    Obama is a very weak president ,Syria is having an easy ride with the killing , Europe double standard for Libya and Syria is shameful , anyhow who cares , Lebanese kick the ass of Assad without any help, and Syrian people should finish the job by exterminating the whole Assad family down to the last one , such evil gene shouldn’t exist !!!!!

  • ohliban75

    Hizbollah is Listed as a Terrorist Organiszation by the International Community period.

  • Anonymous

    Hizbollah is Listed as a Terrorist Organiszation by the International Community period.

  • ohliban75

    Nasrallah. The Head of the Terrorist Group Organization Hizbollah is a Yemmeni.
    He is decended from a Shia’s Yemmeni family that migrated to Lebanon many decadeds ago

  • ohliban75

    Nasrallah. The Head of the Terrorist Group Organization Hizbollah is a Yemmeni.
    He is decended from a Shia’s Yemmeni family that migrated to Lebanon many decadeds ago

  • Anonymous

    Nasrallah. The Head of the Terrorist Group Organization Hizbollah is a Yemmeni.
    He is decended from a Shia’s Yemmeni family that migrated to Lebanon many decadeds ago

  • aureagle

    In my opinion, Syrian protests are a disgrace to the whole country. People of Syria are destroying their own country without any good reason. I hope they grow up soon!

    http://eseaf.com/blog/7216-protests-in-syria-a-disgrace-for-the-country.html

    Eagle

  • ohliban75

    Crossed. You wish you can talk like me the truth and only the truth,not a bunch of gibberish flowery language in support of your beloved terrorists the love of your life who are stealing land right before our eyes and defying the laws of the Land..
    Long Live Free Lebanon from Hizbollah the Terrorists and its allies,

  • ohliban75

    Crossed. You wish you can talk like me the truth and only the truth,not a bunch of gibberish flowery language in support of your beloved terrorists the love of your life who are stealing land right before our eyes and defying the laws of the Land..
    Long Live Free Lebanon from Hizbollah the Terrorists and its allies,

  • Anonymous

    Crossed. You wish you can talk like me the truth and only the truth,not a bunch of gibberish flowery language in support of your beloved terrorists the love of your life who are stealing land right before our eyes and defying the laws of the Land..
    Long Live Free Lebanon from Hizbollah the Terrorists and its allies,