Obama, of course, is largely responsible for a majority of the deaths in Syria. Why do you think the Syrian people went into open revolt? Was it a random event? Or did they see the success of the rebels in Libya and believe that they would receive some minimal military assistance from the west on humanitarian grounds? The U.S. was largely responsible for the Libyan military putting its heavy equipment away and reducing the fight to a fairly equal engagement that the most determined side would win. That was all the Syrians expected from the U.S., because they assumed that Obama was a man of integrity, courage and principle. He was not. Obama did not have the courage to act on his own. He did in Libya, when facing a much weaker dictator with a flimsy military and a handful of old ships, plus the additional "justification" that Libya has oil and a prolonged conflict could affect global oil prices. He knew that in Syria, it would take more than a day or two and could easily involve losses of American life. So he compromised his principles, and took the easy way out. He made it a decision for Congress, like we were getting ready to enter WWIII. Very weak. Obama should have, at the very least, enforced a no-fly zone over Syria to prevent the aerial bombings, bombing military airports as needed. Then, if military targets needed to be attacked to prevent artillery usage or tanks, then he could have done that also. All without a force on the ground. And that's all the Syrian rebels would need. Al Qaeda would likely not have gotten involved, and the situation would have been resolved a long time ago. Furthermore, Iran would have gotten the message to keep quiet and cooperate with us, lest their own people got any ideas about rebellion. We would be negotiating with the rest of the ME from a position of power right now, not weakness. This latest episode of flip-floppery is very juvenile, desperate, and hopeless. JFK was similarly immature in his foreign policy prior to the Bay of Pigs, and that emboldened the Russians to put nukes in Cuba. (Obama has been office for five years, and is still making "freshman" mistakes...) I hope Obama's foolishness does not cause a similar confrontation with the Russians. We may not be so lucky next time. Foreign Policy Rule Number 1: Remember who your enemies are. Don't cozy up to a nation just because they have some regional power and their leaders outsmarted you.