Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Clinton Defends Decision Not to Intervene in Syria, Bahrain Clinton Defends Decision Not to Intervene in Syria, Bahrain

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

NATIONAL SECURITY

Clinton Defends Decision Not to Intervene in Syria, Bahrain

Defending the U.S. decision not to intervene in Syria and Bahrain, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton explained on Monday night, “Situations vary dramatically from country to country.”

Clinton told the audience at the National Democratic Institute in Washington that it is fair to ask, “Why does America promote democracy one way in some countries and another way in others?”

 

Both Middle Eastern countries have witnessed opposition protests against authoritarian regimes, much like the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. The Obama administration has called Syrian President Bashar Assad “unfit to lead” and called for him to step down, but has not applied pressure to bring about his ouster. Criticism of the suppression of Shiite protests by Bahrain's monarchy has been more muted.

Clinton said the decision on how to deal with a situation involves a variety of factors, including the risk to U.S. forces. Without the support of NATO, as the U.S. had in Libya, an intervention could come at a “much higher cost,” she said, “perhaps even with troops on the ground.”

 

 

DON'T MISS TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Sign up form for the newsletter
Comments
comments powered by Disqus
 
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL