From the sounds of Josh Rogin's reporting it looks as if the Obama administration is edging closer toward a more forceful policy towards Syria. It is being driven, in part, from outside pressure:
Lieberman and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spent their Senate recess on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Syria border, meeting with Turkish officials, FSA leaders, and refugees.
"What they want us to do is to lead. They want us to lead the Friends of Syria, who have given them increasingly sympathetic rhetoric but not the wherewithal to defend themselves," he said.
The Syrian internal opposition is buying weapons and ammunition on the black market at exorbitant prices and claims that large parts of the Syrian military are demoralized but are unwilling to break with the government until they see the opposition has real international support.
"They are all waiting for the U.S. to say ‘We're in this,'" Lieberman said.
It's nothing new, but this seemingly infinite desire to get Washington "in this" is something to behold. It would be one thing if the U.S. had a magnificent track record in this respect. But the record of mixed-to-poor outcomes following U.S. military intervention and/or armed assistance to rebel factions never seems to figure into the equation.