The president also has resisted calls to order a "no-fly zone." He would rather spend tax dollars on nation building at home than on civil war management abroad.
There's this view among the foreign policy elite that Obama has to be tough on Syria in order to telegraph to world leaders that American outrage builds at a penalty. In Egypt, the penalty was that a terrorist organization won power, and in Libya, the penalty put more firepower into the hands of hostile militias.
By all means, Mr. President, send arms to the Syrian rebels. Do what you have to do to keep Assad -- and Hezbollah and Iran and Russia -- from winning. But don't feel you have to give in to the risky demands of the foreign policy scolds. Remember: "We came; we saw; he died."