Another Escalation: US Freezes Diplomatic Relations With Syria, Orders Non-US Personnel To Leave Country

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Putin 2 - Obama 0, which means it is time to go back to the one place where it all started last year, and where Putin had his most resounding victory over the US foreign policy apparatus (at least until the Ukraine, where we trampled not only over Obama's red line... again... but where nobody quite explained the "costs" to the ex-KGB leader): Syria.  Sure enough, with the US unable to respond in Crimea, has decided to take its fight back to where Europe's natgas reliance on Gazprom product was first truly exposed.

The US can order non-US personnel around? More from Reuters:

  • U.S.
    IMMEDIATELY SUSPENDS OPERATIONS OF SYRIAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON, AS
    WELL AS HONORARY CONSULATES IN MICHIGAN AND TEXAS - STATE DEPARTMENT
  • U.S.
    SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SYRIA SAYS 'UNACCEPTABLE' FOR INDIVIDUALS APPOINTED
    BY ASSAD REGIME TO CONDUCT DIPLOMATIC, CONSULAR OPERATIONS IN U.S.

Regardless, if the bloodless Russian annexation of Crimea wasn't enough to push the S&P to new all time highs, this surely will.

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Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:30 | 4563260 skwid vacuous
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Wow - al-qaeda uber alles!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:32 | 4563274 WayBehind
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Syria was always owned by Russia. No surprise here ...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:35 | 4563295 gmrpeabody
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" Orders non-US personnel to leave country"

So... then only US people are left in Syria and we win by default?

Brilliant...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:37 | 4563327 ndotken
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Sounds good to me ... fucking Syrians shouldn't be in America anyway

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:50 | 4563369 quintago
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This is going to be hilarious.

Russia knows that if it comes down to a fight between the US and Russia, whoever acts first is going to win because MAD doctrine will basically preclude the other from escalating to war. Obama was too stupid to realize this in Ukraine/Crimea, and now they're pre-announcing their plans for Syria by requesting US personnel to leave. The US is attempting to cut Russian resources thin by getting them to think we are going after Syria, and then we are going to light the fire between Ukraine & Russia.

Law of unintended consequences be damned, full steam ahead.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:53 | 4563434 Mad Mohel
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I think it's more a case of, "OH FUCK! We can't fight that big kid Ralph, because he will beat the living shit out of us in front of all the other kids. Quick go get Marvin, so I can kick his ass to show how tough I am."

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:55 | 4563456 quintago
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U.S. special envoy to Syria Daniel Rubenstein said the order responds to a decision by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad to suspend its own consular services.

 

Obama: I have a great idea, let's make a Rubenstein the special envoy to an arab country that Israel has repeatedly sent jets in to bomb.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:59 | 4563493 MeMongo
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Hey maybe them Arabs will just think he's Amish:-)

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:02 | 4563510 Arius
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Kerry seems to have been over ruled by Obama.  People should get as many chances as possible, but at some point you got to say enough is enough! 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:09 | 4563546 derek_vineyard
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milton bradley sales are going to soar with vallery, barry, karry et al playing battleship in their bathtubs

barry and karry are in tune with the script for vallery to gain more control of ukraine and other eastern territories

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:00 | 4563908 Mesquite
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Does this also apply to all those undocumented folks on the west coast...

That 'they' been making a political football out of..??

Oops...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:24 | 4563624 Freddie
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More dual citizens running the US Govt.   They lost in the Ukraine though they looted the gold.  Now back to Syria. Hopefully Putin will kick their ass again.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:53 | 4564248 Ifigenia
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dual citizens are those in FED running american debts? or in state apartment selling american interests? or in Lollywood to brainwash the people? 

By the way, how could you americans manage to let 1% of your population dominate everything? In Weimar time, 0,8% of jews possess almost 40% of the country. Niall Ferguson said in his book "Cash Nexus".

  So, it is almost certain we would have a ww3 before sorting the things out.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:32 | 4563656 Element
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"In other news an Iranian ballistic missile test ended in tragedy today as it veered erratically off course and eventually plunged into the Yanbu oil loading terminal on the coast of the Red Sea. Teheran was reported to have said, "oops, sorry about that, they don't usually do that". Saudi Government officials were not answering our calls due to significant unrelated disruptions to telephone communications throughout the kingdom. Firsthand accounts from the Yanbu oil loading facility reported extensive damages, large fires and on-going secondary explosions."

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:14 | 4563577 Freddie
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Putin better have some Russian ships with their anti ship and anti aircraft missiles.  Plus some S-300 and S400's ready. 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:26 | 4563640 nightshiftsucks
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Freddy you're so obvious,Russian cock is your favorite.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:59 | 4563901 caShOnlY
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Russia announces no more USD for anything from Russia.  Game, set, match - Putin.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 15:05 | 4564599 Andre
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All or nothing is WAY too simplistic.

Nuance and asymmetry count.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:45 | 4563378 Azannoth
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I wonder does this include Syrians ?!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:46 | 4563389 Aknownymouse
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Will you shut up now!!?? You are exposing Obama and Biden's plan to fool Putin. Damn!! Back to the drawing lined paper!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:47 | 4563393 yrbmegr
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I think they mean that non-US personnel of the Syrian Embassy in Washington were ordered to leave the country.   Obviously, they can't order non-US personnel in Syria to leave Syria.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:53 | 4563441 gmrpeabody
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Can't pull the wool over your ears...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:07 | 4563533 yrbmegr
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Do I get the Captain Obvious award today?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:17 | 4563596 gmrpeabody
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I did a double-take myself..., twice.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:52 | 4563416 skwid vacuous
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think he meant CIA/Mossad shit disturbers should pack up and leave - for a few days... but they will be back like white on rice

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:57 | 4563478 JuliaS
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"While driving down the freeway pull up beside someone, roll down your window, and yell "Pull over! Pull over!" while waving frantically.  When they pull over, you keep on driving."

- George Carlin

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:05 | 4563524 grunk
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Does that include illegal aliens?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:51 | 4564245 drendebe10
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Another foreign policy coup by Mr. Ed and the arrogant, narcissistic lying illegal alien kenyan muslim sociopathic ignoramus fudge packer in chief..... the sheeple must be proud of their great leadership...  good luck with that one...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:37 | 4563300 Sudden Debt
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Or Obama just wants to cut some costs?

68 militairy deployments over seas costs a shitload of money.

And Syria also doesn't really have that many golf courses...

 

do the blackwater "consultants" also need to leave?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:46 | 4563371 Chief KnocAHoma
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Soon we will read the following headlines:

Russia advances into East Ukraine and Poland. Putin has his eyes on the Protugal coast.

MH370 turns up - flown into Israel from Somalia - loaded with bio weapons and explosiuves.

House of Saud falls to rebellion.

Obama shoots par round with Reggie, and the Prez reminds everyone that Bin Laden is dead and Al Quadea is on the run.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:49 | 4563405 Chief KnocAHoma
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Did we really elect this man over Romney? Wasn't a huge Mittens fan, but seriously... would he be this big of a pussy?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:59 | 4563491 Bananamerican
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You're comparing two corporate turnips...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:16 | 4563583 HungryPorkChop
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Mittens was bought and paid for so doubt the result would be much different.  The Repuby's whine and stamper their feet but when push comes to shove they try to elect Mr. Romneycare himself.  Anyone that can't see through this curtain needs to get an IQ.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:52 | 4563847 El Vaquero
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Mittens may have made us look less stupid.  There likely would have been extreme continuity of policy, but he may not have been as embarrassing.  And no, that is not an endorsement.  I don't like anything the red team or the blue team has to offer.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:01 | 4563502 swmnguy
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Maybe he'd have a different speechwriter or a different press secretary.  But he'd have the exact same personnel at State, other than perhaps Kerry, and only perhaps.  Maybe John (I am the Walrus) Bolton?

The policy would be the exact same Kissinger/Brzezinski psychopathy we've seen for the past 50 years.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:54 | 4563451 yrbmegr
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Not Portugal, but I think he will send troops to Kiev.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:53 | 4563436 Chupacabra-322
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@ Sudden Death,

Here, here. Assad just took control over another major city in Syria. The Criminal UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. are just cutting their losses short, doing an about face & getti g the fuck out with their tail between their legs.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:47 | 4563394 Canadian Dirtlump
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Syria is in no way OWNED by Russia. Russia has provided a political back stop to the West's naked aggression and God bless them for that. I think that is what you meant to say.

 

Either way, this is not surprising. The SAA and Hezbollah just finished liberating a town called Yabroud during it's battle in the Qualamoon area. This is very important as Yabrood was a key place which is near the border of Lebanon and served as a supply line. Qualamoon was almost a "mini state" controlled by the satanic fake muslim terrorists who are backed by the west and funded by the bronze age monarchies in the Gulf.

 

Time is quickly running out for the Savage horde paid for by our tax dollars. Most if not all the key supply lines are toast, their ranks are withered, their safe harbors all but eliminated, momentum is against them. The West has to pull something big off or they are toast. Word is that the West is set to mount a push from the south ( something they've done several times and failed spectacularly at ) but there is purportedly some incendiary surprise waiting for them.

 

They need to ratchet up the axis of evil talk. THey have no choice. Meanwhile Saudi Arabia and Qatar are fighting like cats and dogs. The Fecal alchemy of the west is truly breathtaking. Everything they touch turns to shit.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:12 | 4563569 slightlyskeptical
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When you take an action with bad intentions, you may get your way for a while, but eventually those you fooled will rally up against you.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:28 | 4563652 Independent
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Can't Putin loan Assad a few neutron bombs, that clears the field mighty quick and leaves the buildings standing.  Just the perfect thing to blunt a Western offensive.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:28 | 4563658 Zadig
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Starting the Iraqi "civil war" (in a heavily intermarried country that had no history of religious violence) was only possible with the occupation.  A similarly suspicious Syrian "civil war" seemed doomed to failure without direct intervention.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:41 | 4563761 Canadian Dirtlump
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The Russian Port at Tartous was always the key to the failure. Russia's only port in the Mediterranean ensured they would not be fooled again as per libya. This of course hasn't stopped them from Trying.

 

Regarding the hilarious notion of a sectarian civil war, let's not forget the majority of folks in the syrian army are, like it's populace Sunni. Who are fighting radical foreign fake Sunni's supported by the West.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:36 | 4563722 Freddie
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+1

The shit they caused in Syria is sickening.  The poor Syrian people and Assad were not bothering anyone and this vermin starts one of their fake proxy wars. 

I do love how the Saudis and Qatar are at each others throats.  The Saudis were demanding that Al Jeezera be shut down.  The scum Saudis must be in a panic.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:10 | 4563552 Occams_Chainsaw
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Who runs Barter Town?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:31 | 4563262 PlusTic
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more talk and no action...it's embarassing to be an american these days

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:33 | 4563283 shankster
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The former USA

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:34 | 4563299 VD
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current USSA.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:45 | 4563795 Freddie
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Run/ruined by dual citizens.

 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:36 | 4563317 Sudden Debt
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Obama's 3 step programm:

1. SIT BACK

2. RELAX

3. watch porn

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:40 | 4563348 gmrpeabody
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4. boss everybody around with ridiculous orders...

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