There are reports that President Obama is moving closer to arming the Syrian rebels. Thus far we have provided only non-lethal aid. The problem is that there aren’t really any secular rebels who have a shot at replacing Assad. The most successful and powerful rebel groups are all Islamist, with some now pledging loyalty to Al Qaeda.
We are damned if we do and damned if we don’t in Syria. Awful as Assad is, the viable alternatives seem as bad or worse.
Remember how we helped the Taliban fight the Russians in Afghanistan? That didn’t turn out too well for us.
The GOP is setting up the Prez to fail whatever he does. They are all over him for not taking immediate action in response to reports of use of sarin. But if Syria falls into the hands of radical Islamists, they’ll curse him for that too, as they regularly do for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. And some of the potential leaders in Syria would make Mohammed Morsi look like Thomas Jefferson.