Christian73 saidPlease... John. It's time to give up the ghost. What NATO did in Lybia was among the most effective short term campaigns in our lifetime, despite all the hysteria from the right-wing about Obama's leadership.
In terms of Syria, short of bombing or invading, it's unclear what more we can do, particularly since the Republicans in Congress can't even pass a tax cut for the middle class, and will no doubt hyperventilate if Obama proposes any action. And 30 "syrians" in a photo on a Brietbart affiliated blog is hardly proof of anything.
You're obviously unfamiliar with the efficiencies of the NATO command structure with respect to the Libya operations, but you spew without any basis that it was among the most effective short term campaigns in our lifetime. Bloviating without basis. But it is a dodge, as I have not now, nor previously, severely criticized any of the activities, only pointing out improved effectiveness had the US been more proactive.
With respect to Syria, I can agree with your statement that it is unclear, but would add, unclear to you and apparently Obama. I suspect Obama has been given some options, not all military, but given his penchant for non-involvement and appeasement, I'm sure he ignored the options.
I will point out some options that he could have been taken, which would have not caused him to lose political capital, as that is the main motivation behind all that he does. They involve strengthening sanctions and taking aggressive, private actions to get Russian and Chinese support. Given the time for them to take effect, the continued killing of civilians is the price for his inaction.
What he could have done with Russia before was to tie pulling out of the East European defense shield with concessions from Russia regarding sanctions on both Iran and Syria. Getting no concessions was a total failure, reflecting his Sunday school naivite that showing good will by unilaterally making concessions is effective. It is not.
What the US could also have done with Russia is to privately advise that unless they support strong sanctions against both Iran and Syria, we would block their entry into the WTO. That opportunity passed, as Russia was invited to join a few days ago. Sad and pathetic. Had leverage been made privately, given the current weak state of the Russian government because of Putin's actions and the election irregularities, it is very likely we could have gotten them to cooperate.
In the case of China, had Russia gone along there would have been increased pressure on China to do so as well, but we could also have privately threatened trade action. Although we are indebeted to them, they depend on commerce from the US to maintain their lifestyle.
Bottom line is Obama will likely do nothing. He has already blown some options and there is no reason he will do anything that Axlerod has not approved of as helping his reelection.