The longest birth pang of the Arab Spring yet, the last sixteen months of the Syrian protest movement, and then the rebellion, have seen the conflict run the same media trajectory that similar international tragedies do: horror, concern, calls for action, and, finally, so ever-present that the images are tuned out as easily as background noise.
While Syria might be a back-burner issue for most Americans, however, it’s one of this country’s biggest foreign policy priorities at the moment. It’s even become part of the first foreign policy salvos of the presidential race, with Mitt Romney calling on Obama “to organize and arm Syrian opposition groups”. What should we be expecting from President Obama regarding Syria, however?
The problem with President Obama’s current