Late last week, Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab denounced his boss, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, fled to Jordan and pledged allegiance to the anti-Assad rebellion.
When asked at a news conference to evaluate the significance of Hijab's defection, U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell declared that the defections of many former Assad loyalists indicate "that the (Assad) regime is crumbling."
Ventrell described other recent defectors: a senior intelligence officer, three brigadier generals and two other government ministers.
Defections by senior political and military personnel do politically damage the Assad regime. They indicate that Assad's political base within Syria...