Cutting off your nose to spite your face... and the additional irony is that this is happening under a Democratic administration.

A Stimson Center report demonstrated that among all the observers — government officials, intelligence officers, academics, think tank and NGO members, journalists — it was the journalists who came closest to accurately predicting the momentous events that upended so many regimes in the Middle East. One can also add predictions on the endurance of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. When many governments, including the Obama administration, were hinting that Assad had six months at most, some lonely voices in academia knew Syria well enough to see that this would not be the case.