Nicholas Kristof provides a terse synopsis of what has happened in Syria:

The war has spread and destabilized Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. The hard-line Nusra Front rebels have gained strength, partly because we have spurned moderates. The Syrian Army has won ground. Prolonged war has deepened sectarian hatreds that will make it harder than ever to put Syria back together.

More than 100,000 Syrians have been killed. At the rate the killings have accelerated, Syria could even approach a Rwanda-size death toll by the time Obama steps down.

Prescriptive actions recommended range from doing nothing to regime change. Nearly everyone believes that the position we are currently in is due to President Obama’s foreign policy choices. And nearly everyone believes that the administration will respond with some kind of military action. This agreement is both on the right and the left.
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