You don't "engage" Syria. You don't "engage" Iran. You either confront them, or you will see Lebanon turned into Hezbollistan, and become the doormat of a third-world dictator like Assad. Obama's lack of understanding of how Arabs and Muslims couldn't care less for his overtures, and simply interpret them as weakness, has helped Iran become a little Fourth Reich from Baluchistan to the Mediterranean, meddling in Afghanistan and Iraq, killing Americans and Iraqis there. If ever, Obama will learn the lesson way too late, when Iran has a nuclear bomb, or has already mastered enrichment above 90% of its 3 tons of low enriched uranium. Syria evidently feels safer under Iran's umbrella than under Obama's "engagement" Succah.
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from the article: Syria spurns U.S. bid to mend ties