Hundreds of thousands of Syrians protest in front the U.S. embassy in Damascus against the visit of the U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, who visited the city of Hama, Syria, on July 7, 2011. The Arabic words on the shoes read: "The dirty ambassador," right, and "the U.S. ambassador," left. Muzaffar Salman AP
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians protest in front the U.S. embassy in Damascus against the visit of the U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, who visited the city of Hama, Syria, on July 7, 2011. The Arabic words on the shoes read: "The dirty ambassador," right, and "the U.S. ambassador," left. Muzaffar Salman AP

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A hastily planned visit to Syrian protests had long-term consequences

August 13, 2015 3:24 PM