- Dan Drezner invokes Sherlock Holmes and the mantra about eliminating the impossible leaves you with the improbable: arming the Syrian opposition.
- Daniel Trombly at Slouching Towards Columbia has a longer post that exhausts the options and takes a look at the bright side of a Syrian civil war serving as a drain on Iran. The conclusion: "When faced with the choice between assuming unacceptable risk or making a grand scheme dependent on events largely out of our control, nothing beyond limited means for limited ends is an responsible use of U.S. power."
- Marc Lynch argues that arming the Syrian rebels is a bad idea.
- Joshua Foust argues it is a really bad idea.
All we can really do is be smug that the Russians and the Chinese come out looking like fans of autocracy.