The US already commits tens-of billions of dollars to ensure the security of the middle east's autocrats and dictators vis-à-vis existential threats from the likes of Syria, Iran and/or their Islamic, terrorist proxies. So Obama can sleep easy, at night. Syria is critical to middle east peace, but only to the extent that Syria is neutralised as a threat. Assad has the option to be compliant in that regard, or suffer the same consequences as his former, Iraqi counterpart.
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from the article: Syria: Obama has failed in peace efforts and lost influence in Mideast