This comes from a Saudi journalist:
“Evidence of Obama’s narrow approach to the Syrian crisis can be found in statements he made to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in their meeting several days ago. [He said that] there was no ‘magic solution’ to the escalating Syrian crisis and that a realistic solution was needed, [namely] a non-ideal political solution. [But Obama] is the one who complicated the Syrian problem and caused the wound to grow deeper, the bloodshed [to continue]… the voices to grow louder and the thugs to interfere, from Hassan Nasrallah’s militia… to the young men who come from all over [the world] to fight jihad in [the ranks of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated organization] Jabhat Al-Nusra.
“[Obama] is responsible for the fact that Syria has reached this level of confusion and loss. Were it not for his hesitancy, his weak approach, his lack of determination and his eagerness to [gain] popularity on Twitter… the Russian ‘Snow Emperor’ Vladimir Putin wouldn’t have dreamt of attaining the role [he has attained], with the Western world ready to charge him with the task of solving the Syrian problem. [Were it not for Obama's weakness,] Bashar Al-Assad would not have said in a recent interview with the Argentinean paper [Clarin] that he felt he was beginning to overcome the intense pressures that have been exerted upon him. [Moreover,] Iran’s arrogance and contempt wouldn’t have grown to the point of making a public announcement that the war in Syria is its own war and [to the point of] ordering its [operations] officer in Lebanon, Hassan Nasrallah, to declare war and launch resistance [actions] – not on the Israeli border but against the Syrians in Al-Qusair, which has been besieged by Assad’s shabiha and by Nasrallah’s fighters for a while, right in front of Obama!
Personally, I don't put much stock in this. The Arabs tried to negotiate something with Assad and the rebels and got absolutely nowhere, so what did they expect a U.S. President to do ... other than take military action?
If military action was the only solution left after the Arabs could not get the parties to negotiate, then the Saudis & other wealthy Arabs certainly have the means to take such action. But they are so "tribal" in their culture, that they obviously couldn't come to any meeting of the minds among themselves.
Arabs keep complaining that the U.S. interferes in their affairs. This time we have stayed out of it (except for whatever is going on sub rosa ... God only knows what that may be), and they don't like that either.
So, Russia and Iran are making hay out of the situation. It does appear that both Russia and Iran are thumbing their noses at the U.S. So, maybe the Saudi is correct about the perception of "weakness."
Truthfully, possibly the only thing that I think we should do is prevent Iran from getting an operational nuclear capability; and let them duke out & let the sheiks and mullahs work out the rest of their problems themselves. It seems possible that the administration has learned something from the botches in Egypt and Libya, and figures that Syria is a another no-win situation.
Any of you have any brilliant insights?