Not for the Faint of "Regime Change"

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
From The Wall Street Journal:

U.S. Blesses Syria Regime Change as Embassy Hit

The Obama administration for the first time Monday said it supported regime change in Syria, capping a day in which mobs attacked the U.S. Embassy in Damascus and tensions between the two nations escalated.

"President [Bashar al-] Assad is not indispensable and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said following a meeting with her European Union counterpart, Catherine Ashton, in Washington. "Our goal is to see that the will of the Syrian people for a democratic transformation occurs."

Earlier Monday, Syrians sympathetic to President Assad attacked the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, throwing rocks, breaking windows and hanging a giant flag on the compound walls. They also attacked the home of U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford.

The pro-regime crowds were angered at Mr. Ford's visit on Thursday and Friday to the city of Hama, site of some of the largest protests against Mr. Assad. Syria's government accused Mr. Ford of meeting with "sabateurs," characterizing his trip on a day of planned protests as inciting violence and undermining stability in Syria.