Clinton - plan for post-Assad Syria

2012-08-07 18:07

Pretoria - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the defections of Syria's prime minister and other senior officials increase the urgency of planning for the ousting of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Clinton was in Pretoria on Tuesday when she told reporters that it is important to make sure that Syrian state institutions remain intact once Assad loses his grip on power.

Clinton spoke a day after the defection of Prime Minister Riad Hijab, the latest in a string of high-level departures from the Assad regime.

She said the opposition is becoming increasingly effective and better armed, but that "this terrible violence" has been hard on the Syrian people.

Clinton said she would raise these issues when she travels to Turkey for talks on Syria on Saturday.


  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-07 18:49

    Rhetorically supporting peace while waging war exposes Washington's transparent hypocrisy. This Clinton reptilian is going on my nerve.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-07 19:31

      That's strange.......and dishonest !!! She gives you a platform to propagate your silly childish, outdated anti Western BS!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-07 19:51

      As usual you have nothing to contribute that's related to the article. My comment, made on the strength of the above article still obtain.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-07 20:57

      Pet, The Libyans will feel pretty insulted with this crap!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-07 22:40

      I like Clinton's arm in the pic.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-08-08 10:15

      Fidel you don't have nerves never the less a back bone so shut up!

      Fidel - 2012-08-08 10:41

      Trolling is ultimately a waste of your time, and News24 server space!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-08 16:12

      Right now, in the US/Mandela thread, Fidel states that Nelson Mandela is an "Uncle Tom", a fake. This is how delusional Fidel's world is. One of the most revered leaders the world over, our own Nelson Mandela, is a fake. Such is his world view. His obsessive and immature anti-West core belief even distorts his view of Nelson Mandela. I wonder what ANC members and voters (67% of South Africans) think of this.

  • captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-08-07 18:54

    Captaine -> plan for post-Clinton USA, come November.

  • michael.bushes - 2012-08-07 19:57

    The Zionist initiated Third World War is well on its way. A World War doesnt have to be overt such as the previous two, but can also be covert, one country by one, covert to ones realisation that is. Why only target Arab countries Hillary? Or should I call you Billary Clinton since its most likely your husband and his fellow zionist buddies who pull your strings. And now even Mitt Romney makes a pre-election visit to Israel. Now why would that be necessary? Hmmm

      jaba.kov - 2012-08-07 20:37

      Maybe the US attacks some Arab states, however over 90 percent of Muslim deaths from war terror and extremism is from other Muslims. That's right, in the last 50 years twenty million Muslims have been killed by fellow Muslims. You can do all you want to blame Jews & zionists but truth remains that the religion of peace must act like their name prescribes for lives to be saved.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-07 21:02

      @Jaba. I agree with you. And do not start talking about black on black violence/killing/genocide in Africa. As bad. People play blaming games on these forums instead of showing real compassion for the "collateral damaged". As if the west (read US) has the time, money or political necessity to foment deliberate violence. SOMEONE has to oversee these children playing with sharp instruments!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-07 20:10

    Unfortunately the US has not done enough to help Syrians and their families being butchered in their homes by the unelected dictator of the country, who has the advantage of being in control of the Syrian state and its military. At the end of the day, though, right will prevail. Like Gaddafi before him, Assad has chosen again and again to wage war on his people. He thought he would succeed because of Syria's stronger military. He will not. Because what he is doing is inherently wrong. The energy of what he is doing contracts. It does not expand. I wonder who will be in a worse position in post-Assad Syria: The neo-Soviet Russian regime led by an ex-KGB officer who has been arming Assad, thus directly complicit in the murder and suffering of Syrians and their families, The neo-Communist Chinese regime run by a politburo which has opposed any real help to the Syrian people trying to free themselves, or The US which has not done enough to help them.

  • jaba.kov - 2012-08-07 20:31

    SA is free due to the US... We must never forget that

      jaba.kov - 2012-08-07 20:58

      Think what you will Pat... Truth remains that when the white house and congress told the apartheid government to throw in the towel they did so. Madiba and de'klerk did a lot for us - however it was western powers that did most of the decision making.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-08-08 10:17

      Ahhh Patrick has never heard of the ghostly soldier...they there when you don't even know think Libya liberated its self...haha

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-08 19:05

      In Patrick's world, the unelected Syrian dictatorship, labelled illegitimate by all but 12 of the 166 countries on Earth, is legitimate.

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-08-07 21:42

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