Another event also emphasizes the degree to which American reticence is tipping the balance of power in the region toward Iran.
"Also Saturday, Assad made his second public appearance in three days, visiting a Damascus university to inaugurate a statue dedicated to students who have died in the violence. Footage aired by state television showed him being mobbed by cheering, waving supporters.
Assad rarely appears in public, and his visibility this week suggests his confidence has been buoyed by recent gains by his forces in some parts of the country and by indications that the international community remains reluctant to involve itself in the Syrian conflict."
Yes, Assad and his senior partners in Tehran should feel rather confident these days. The United States is obviously unwilling to back up rhetoric with action.
Syria is a dress rehearsal for the bigger conflict between Iran and the West. There, too, one suspects, Israel will be forced to act.
For what Israeli prime minister could rely on this administration to act?
If Obama won't take on Syria, there is little chance he'll make good on his threats toward Iran.
Rubin is a blogger for The Washington Post.