Kudos to you for rising above pretty shameless partisan spinning, unlike a few others in this thread. Actually, I don't really blame Clinton for falling for Assad's charm offensive. Certainly everyone in this thread has misjudged character at one point in their lives--and the Assad family has famously been pretty coy about toying with the idea of "reforms" when they want something from the West for several decades now. Clearly though, Clinton misjudged Assad and she's having to eat her words here. The only larger political point to make from this is that she has made a questionable judgment in foreign policy---but outside of the most blatantly partisan conservative posters, most people will be ok with leaving it at that. Heck, if she learns from this, that might be a positive aspect to a future campaign: she's certainly had the experience of falling for BS in the past and might be a bit more guarded in her pronouncements/choices in the future.