While reading a column on the hopelessness of the Syrian situation, I had a bit of an epiphany, which I'll get to in a moment. The article pointed out that there were no good options for us, as Assad is an Iranian proxy, and the rebels are proxies for the Muslim Brotherhood. Neither of them is going to do anything in our interest, and supporting one against the other does us very little good. However, that doesn't mean that we should simply throw up our hands. It is an ill wind that blows no good, and while there are few winds of any other kind in the Arab world, there are still opportunities. Ours demands that we look at Syria and ask some basic questions. First, why is Syria a problem to the US? The answer is that it harbors and foments terrorists who target us and our allies. As an Iranian proxy, it supports Shiite terror groups in Lebanon and provides a conduit to the Mediterranean for Iran. These are all bad things, but sometimes, you can alleviate the symptoms of a disease, even if the cause is beyond your power to control.
With Assad focused on eliminating his domestic opposition, and secure in the knowledge that he may act with impunity, it's only a matter of time before he eventually defeats them and reconsolidates his power. However, that also means that Assad cannot spend as much time and effort as he'd like on keeping Lebanon under his thumb. The various anti-Syrian elements in Lebanon have knuckled under, but this is as good a time as any to support them and foment a repeat of the Cedar Revolution. Hezbollah is dependent on arms from Iran that are delivered through Syria, and a concerted effort during this window of vulnerability could cause them serious harm. It could even drive them out of power.
The window is short, and we'd have to move quickly to provide the anti-Syrian elements with the arms and materiale support that they would need to topple Hezbollah, but the rewards would be terrific. A competent and committed Commander in Chief would take the opportunity. Obama won't, for that very reason, but it had to be suggested.