Bret Stephens isn’t happy with what passes for the Obama administration’s policy on Syria:
… The position of the Russians is at least intellectually defensible. Say what you will about Moscow's despotic allies, mercenary interests and autocratic principles, Vladimir Putin has been consistent in sticking up for all three. That's more than can be said for a U.S. administration that urges democracy, nonviolence and human rights for Syria—and pays nothing but lip service to each.
There is a good case to be made that we should apply sufficient military pressure on Assad to help tip the scales in favor of the opposition, as we did in Libya. There's also a plausible case to be made that the last thing the U.S. needs is another military entanglement on behalf of a cause we barely know for the sake of a goal we can only hazily define.
But there is no case for lecturing Russia on its own long-standing record of engaging its faithful clients in Syria, much less for invoking the suffering of a people she has no serious intention of saving. Even chutzpah has its limits, Hillary.