There are Republicans in Congress who are itching to send American forces into Syria in order to crush the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. At this point in time, Assad is supported by Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah. At least 3,000 Hezbollah fighters are in Syria. Opponents of Assad are secular Syrians, conservative Muslims in the Middle East and American and European which want to do something about Assad. Turkey would just love to see him depart, but Turks want this to happen without use of their armed forces. A major problem is division among anti-Assad forces. The more secular Free Syrian Army is now losing fighters to the Islamist Jabhat al-Nusra which is financed by nations such as Kuwait or Saudi Arabia. Islamist extremists have good supplies of weapons and ammunition.
Latest reports indicate that about 3,000 members of the Free Syrian Army have deserted to join Islamist extemists. The fire next time in Syria might well be an Islamist regime that seeks war with Israel. Caution is the best policy. In case Senator McCain has forgotten, the last time America rushed to judment in the Middle East we got the Iraq war.