Americans, nurtured by a belief in the virtues of revolution and democracy, have been shocked by the way Bashar Assad and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and their armies have been crushing the revolutionary uprisings in Syria and Egypt.
How exactly do you convince a population that's energized by having at long last deposed a dictator to hold off on elections until the conditions are right? Who decides what those conditions are and when they are present in sufficient strength?
The irony of the Western invention of the "Arab Spring" is that regardless of citizenry remonstrations for "self-determination," we still continue to see the Arab region in our eyes and not through theirs.
It may be that the Obama Administration conducted itself clumsily and slowly with regard to Syria, but military intervention has never been an option, and what is the policy now is the one realistic course of action open for the U.S., therefore the correct one.