Obama's proposal to take sides in the Syrian war is wrong. It is arrogant. It ignores our destructive history in the Middle East and the perception by all parties in the region that everything we do there is motivated by our blatant bias toward Israel.
At a press conference this morning, White House officials requested that all the "good" Syrian rebels immediately identify themselves as such to the proper authorities so the United States can support them in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad.
For all the ballyhooed determination to stand up for democratic change in the Middle East and pledges to never stand by when tens of thousands of innocent people are being massacred, Syria will regretably prove to be a major policy reversal on both counts.