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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:54 PM
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Gingrich says he would "replace" Assad
Source: CBS News

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.


Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57338554-503544/... /
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:56 PM
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1. And perhaps appoint Michelle Bachman??????
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:57 PM
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2. as opposed to a good dictatorship???
what a fucking buffoon.

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Maccagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:07 PM
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3. Well, Newtie admires and craves authority for himself
so I guess there's a difference (in his world) between "good" dictatorships and "bad" dictatorships.
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nobodyspecial Donating Member (309 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:13 PM
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15. In their minds, there are good dictators
Ones that listen to what the U.S. tells them to do. It's only when they step out of line that we take them down. And that line has nothing to do with how they treat their people.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:08 PM
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4. Then maybe he can run for president of Syria instead of here.
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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:40 PM
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6. He'd just have to change his religion
Nothing he hasn't already done... :evilgrin:
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:39 PM
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5. Yeah, and just how is Fathead going to do that?
Just how many of us and them is he willing to butcher to accomplish it?

We can no longer afford Republicans. Face it, Newtie.
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newspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:48 PM
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7. I'm thinking everyone of these damn chickenhawks
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 01:49 PM by newspeak
can put their money where their mouth is. They can all go enlist, that includes their zombie voters, and get their war hard on without our help. They can spend their funds for the venture or ask their corporate donors. I'm tired of this shite--i'm into protecting the citizens here, that includes their well being in this financial crisis. I'm into rebuilding our infrastructure, here, not THERE! So, get your damn filthy rich friends to fund your endeavor-oh, and that includes your pnacer friend bolton. Damn chickenhawks!!!
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PearliePoo2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:54 PM
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20. Tell it!
war-mongering, chicken-hawk, MIC loving bastards.
I'm sick of it too.
I was thinking about my young niece and her friends...they've never known anything BUT war in their young lives. :mad:
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sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:49 PM
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8. He talks like a king who decides
to replace a vassal who can't crush a peasant uprising.
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brooklynite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:51 PM
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9. Mind you, we can't let the Syrians have a Democracy...
We'll have to find another strongman. But one that supports OUR side...
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thesquanderer Donating Member (647 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:00 PM
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10. What foreign policy consequences has this administration handled badly? (n/t)
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ThoughtCriminal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:03 PM
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11. Assad is on his staff?
No, but it would explain a lot.
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savalez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:07 PM
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12. Cain and Perry say, "Who?"
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SpankMe Donating Member (301 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:11 PM
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13. Yet another statement of disqualification from being POTUS.
More reasons for the world to hate us - the arrogance of implying that, if elected, he'd go in and change another country's leader as if changing a light bulb. I know we already do this. But, we have to start changing at some point, and openly admitting that we will continue the practice so casually hurts our prospects at becoming a respected member of the world community again.

What a pig this man is. I hope the Dems can grow enough of a spine to use this in campaign material and frame it in a properly negative way for the Cons.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:12 PM
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14. His plan is so simple! Genius!
It's a Swiss fucking watch.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:26 PM
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16. Again, if a repug 'wins' in 2012, we will have another war
in 2013.
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kiranon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:30 PM
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17. Another neo con who wants another war. n/t
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:31 PM
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18. Good! Let's send a one man army into Syria, headed by Newt..
this is the best the Republican Party has for candidates in 2011?

This is the best of the best? The most reasonable of their well-educated leaders? THIS KIND OF GUY is what America needs now?

OH PLEASE! Someone (even among us DU membership posting here) should be able to assemble 2000 more sane and responsible human beings who are Republicans than this sorry list that are the 2012 candidates, each and every one of them a fool, tyrant, idiot, or madman/woman.)
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:52 PM
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19. Ignorant, simple-minded arrogance like this is what causes military disasters.
Just the king of guy we need as President!

:sarcasm:
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 03:24 PM
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21. Of course, Newt would run a "good dictatorship"
Ya know, the benevolent kind that puts kids to work so they can learn the work ethic. Just like him.
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 03:25 PM
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22. I am all for Newt moving to Syria! Hell, I'll help him pack!
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anakie Donating Member (935 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 03:56 PM
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23. So, another draft dodging conservative
wants to maintain eternal warfare. Easy to do with other people's lives and children.

One quick question Newt - how are you going to pay for it?


Peace
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DallasNE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 04:32 PM
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24. Gingrich's Formula Sounds Alot Like Bush
And it is not "this administration" that has an issue with "managing the consequences" in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact Gingrich needs to perform a compare and contrast of how events unfolding in Libya versus Iraq before putting his foot in his mouth.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 04:46 PM
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25. Gingrich says he would "replace" Assad
What. Is Assad sick? Is Newty gonna have him sign papers in the hospital?
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Fool Count Donating Member (878 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:06 PM
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26. Wait, I know with who ... John Bolton.
He would make a great president of Syria. You may ask, why waste such a mind on an insignificant country like Syria, why not make him
a president of Pakistan? Well, I have even a better candidate for them - Ann Coulter. She could start off by converting them all to
christianity. And for the president of China - wait for it - Michelle Malkin. She's kind of Chinese, isn't she? Is it brilliant or what?
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anakie Donating Member (935 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 07:27 PM
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29. He certainly has the moustache for it
n/t
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hughee99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:41 PM
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27. I can see the headline now "Asshat replaces Assad". n/t
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:53 PM
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28. Perfect
:thumbsup:
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 07:51 PM
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30. We know Gingrich won't use diplomacy so who's army is
he going to use? Oh that's right our military folks are just fodder for the Repugs war machine...and unwinnable wars...
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 08:19 PM
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31. Obama has been infinitely better at managing consequences than the Bush administration.
And that must really irk the Neocons.
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