It isn't exactly a great choice for anyone-the US, Israel or the average Syrian citizen.
I'm less concerned about the average Syrian citizen, as they are just as likely to follow the Islamists as not. In the short term, we're better off with regime change, which will throw Iran and the Russians into a tizzy, but won't be catastrophic for anyone else until the new bad guys can get their act together. Then again, the regimes that have opposed us tend to have people who like us, and vice versa. Maybe we could influence the new regime and shape it.