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Gingrich says he would "replace" Assad
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Taking a hard line on a U.S. foe in the Middle East, Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich indicated Wednesday that he would unilaterally "replace" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because he is running a "bad dictatorship."

The former House speaker was asked on a morning radio show in Chicago to offer a "30-second" answer to what he would do about Syria, where anti-government protests have led to a violent crackdown. Gingrich said, "I can give you a three-second answer. Replace Assad. I mean Assad is our enemy. He is an ally of Iran. It is a bad dictatorship. It is to our interest to get rid of dictators of this kind."

Gingrich did not say how he would remove Assad, and acknowledged there would be "consequences" to such an overt U.S. action. He said that as president, it would be his job to manage them. "Now that means you have consequences and have to be much better at managing the consequences than this administration has been," he said on the Don Wade & Roma radio show. "But I think none the less getting rid of Assad will lead to a better future than keeping him there."

Assad is under mounting international pressure over a military crackdown on anti-government protesters. While the United Nations estimates some 4,000 people have been killed, Assad denied ordering his troops to attack, telling ABC News this week only a "crazy" leader kills his own people.

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  -Gingrich says he would "replace" Assad IDemo  Dec-07-11 12:54 PM   #0 
  - And perhaps appoint Michelle Bachman??????  HereSince1628   Dec-07-11 12:56 PM   #1 
  - as opposed to a good dictatorship???  Roland99   Dec-07-11 12:57 PM   #2 
  - Well, Newtie admires and craves authority for himself  Maccagirl   Dec-07-11 01:07 PM   #3 
  - In their minds, there are good dictators  nobodyspecial   Dec-07-11 02:13 PM   #15 
  - Then maybe he can run for president of Syria instead of here.  sinkingfeeling   Dec-07-11 01:08 PM   #4 
  - He'd just have to change his religion  atreides1   Dec-07-11 01:40 PM   #6 
  - Yeah, and just how is Fathead going to do that?  Warpy   Dec-07-11 01:39 PM   #5 
  - I'm thinking everyone of these damn chickenhawks  newspeak   Dec-07-11 01:48 PM   #7 
     - Tell it!  PearliePoo2   Dec-07-11 02:54 PM   #20 
  - He talks like a king who decides  sulphurdunn   Dec-07-11 01:49 PM   #8 
  - Mind you, we can't let the Syrians have a Democracy...  brooklynite   Dec-07-11 01:51 PM   #9 
  - What foreign policy consequences has this administration handled badly? (n/t)  thesquanderer   Dec-07-11 02:00 PM   #10 
  - Assad is on his staff?  ThoughtCriminal   Dec-07-11 02:03 PM   #11 
  - Cain and Perry say, "Who?"  savalez   Dec-07-11 02:07 PM   #12 
  - Yet another statement of disqualification from being POTUS.  SpankMe   Dec-07-11 02:11 PM   #13 
  - His plan is so simple! Genius!  tridim   Dec-07-11 02:12 PM   #14 
  - Again, if a repug 'wins' in 2012, we will have another war  louis-t   Dec-07-11 02:26 PM   #16 
  - Another neo con who wants another war. n/t  kiranon   Dec-07-11 02:30 PM   #17 
  - Good! Let's send a one man army into Syria, headed by Newt..  MarkCharles   Dec-07-11 02:31 PM   #18 
  - Ignorant, simple-minded arrogance like this is what causes military disasters.  baldguy   Dec-07-11 02:52 PM   #19 
  - Of course, Newt would run a "good dictatorship"  lunatica   Dec-07-11 03:24 PM   #21 
  - I am all for Newt moving to Syria! Hell, I'll help him pack!  Behind the Aegis   Dec-07-11 03:25 PM   #22 
  - So, another draft dodging conservative  anakie   Dec-07-11 03:56 PM   #23 
  - Gingrich's Formula Sounds Alot Like Bush  DallasNE   Dec-07-11 04:32 PM   #24 
  - Gingrich says he would "replace" Assad  AlbertCat   Dec-07-11 04:46 PM   #25 
  - Wait, I know with who ... John Bolton.  Fool Count   Dec-07-11 06:06 PM   #26 
  - He certainly has the moustache for it  anakie   Dec-07-11 07:27 PM   #29 
  - I can see the headline now "Asshat replaces Assad". n/t  hughee99   Dec-07-11 06:41 PM   #27 
  - Perfect  IDemo   Dec-07-11 06:53 PM   #28 
  - We know Gingrich won't use diplomacy so who's army is  MadMaddie   Dec-07-11 07:51 PM   #30 
  - Obama has been infinitely better at managing consequences than the Bush administration.  Turborama   Dec-07-11 08:19 PM   #31 

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