Here is what the President has been saying for more than 2 years about Syria


For more than 2 years President Obama has been saying essentially the same thing about Syria — that President Assad has lost his legitimacy and will soon be gone.  Well…that has not happened.  Start at the bottom and read up in chronological order:




May 2, 2013 New Conference with Enrique Pena Nieto

“And we want to evaluate and make sure that every step that we take advances the day when Assad is gone and you have people inside of Syria who are able to determine their own destiny, rather than engage in a long, bloody sectarian war.”


March 22, 2013 Press Conference with King Abdullah II

“And I’m confident that Assad will go. It’s not a question of if, it’s when”


October 22, 2012 Third Presidential Debate

“And I am confident that Assad’s days are numbered.”


March 14, 2012 New conference with David Cameron

“Just as the regime and security forces continue to suffer defections, the opposition is growing stronger. I’ll say it again: Assad will leave power.”


March 6, 2012 News Conference

“And it’s not a question of when Assad leaves — or if Assad leaves; it’s a question of when. He has lost the legitimacy of his people.”


March 4, 2012 Remarks at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee

“And the Arab Spring has only increased these trends, as the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime is exposed, and its ally — the Assad regime — is crumbling.”


February 6, 2012 Interview on NBC

“My sense is, is that you’re seeing more and more people inside of Syria recognizing that they need to turn a chapter, and the Assad regime is feeling the noose tightening around them. This is not going to be a matter of if, it’s going to be a matter of when.”


State of the Union Speech

January 24, 2012

“And in Syria, I have no doubt that the Assad regime will soon discover that the forces of change can’t be reversed, and that human dignity can’t be denied.”



July 12, 2011

“I think that increasingly you’re seeing President Assad lose legitimacy in the eyes of his people and that’s why we have been working at an international level to make sure that we keep the pressure up to see if we can bring some real change in Syria.”



May 19, 2011

“The United States has condemned these actions and, working with the international community, we have stepped up our sanctions on the Syrian regime, including sanctions announced yesterday on President Assad and those around him.


The Syrian people have shown their courage in demanding a transition to democracy, and President Assad now has a choice. He can lead that transition or get out of the way.


The Syrian government must stop shooting demonstrators and allow peaceful protests. It must release political prisoners and stop unjust arrests. It must allow human rights monitors to have access to cities like Daraa and start a serious dialogue to advance a democratic transition.


Otherwise President Assad and his regime will continue to be challenged from within and will continue to be isolated abroad.”



Joe Biden:

Dec. 13, 2011 Biden on MSNBC

“The fact of the matter is its [Iran] only ally left in the region is about to be toppled. That is in Syria with Bashar Assad.”


Jay Carney:

July 19, 2011-BRIEFING

“Furthermore, we’ve made clear that President Assad has lost legitimacy. He had the opposition to — the opportunity, rather, to lead the transition and he — he did not take it and he’s lost legitimacy because of it.”