Getting Serious With Syria
With a detailed chronology of US diplomatic inconsistency, Jeffrey Azarva suggests the US should be Getting Serious About Syria. His conclusion:
As the Syrian regime thumbs its nose at the White House, a State Department official recently said that few levers exist for influencing Syria. But the U.S. can tighten the noose by sending the Syrian regime unequivocal messages.
Absent a cogent strategy, Assad's antics will continue. Sending his regime mixed messages will not only undermine the efficacy of the Syria Accountability Act, but also U.S. national security.
The natural conflict and separation between terrorism and diplomacy is almost always exemplified by inconsistency, as diplomatic efforts to affect the latter are usually fruitless and, thus, constantly changing.