No. 2 GOP Sen: Obama’s Silence Making U.S. Look ‘Irrelevant’ to Arab Democracy Movement

By Dschabner

Apr 17, 2011 6:26pm

ABC News' Matt Jaffe reports:

In a strong statement this afternoon, Jon Kyl, the Senate's number-two Republican, says President Obama "should personally stand up and publicly condemn the attacks by the Assad regime on the Syrian people."

Here's Kyl's full paper statement today:

“Syria represents the latest opportunity for the United States to support a peoples’ aspirations for more freedom and to condemn repression by an entrenched regime.  Yet the President has said little.  More and more, the U.S. looks irrelevant to a growing movement of millions across North Africa and the Middle East.  Long term, the damage to U.S. influence will be incalculable.  More importantly, peoples’ future and freedom are at stake.

“The President should personally stand up and publicly condemn the attacks by the Assad regime on the Syrian people.  The President must also make clear to the rulers of Iran that their interference in Syria’s democratic uprising will be opposed by the United States.  The United States must not condone by its silence Tehran’s repression of the Syrian people any more than its repression of the Iranian people.

“Lastly, President Obama, who felt it was important to rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council, should now use that body to pass a resolution calling to an end to Assad’s violence against the Syrian people.”

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