The news today essentially takes air strikes in Syria off the table, assuming that the Assad regime is actually serious about permitting the destruction of chemical weapon stockpiles:
So, please, can we stop the vapid yammerings about OMG Obama is trying to get us into another Ground War In The Middle East? Because it is not going to happen. And btw, the agreement to destroy one of our planet's largest stockpiles of chemical weapons looks like it might possibly happen (assuming that Russia and Syria are telling the truth, and are not going to try to sneak off a few tons of Sarin into a barn in Iraq or Lebanon, which is a big assumption) and that is without the US firing a single shot.
Rand Paul wants to take the credit for this, but I really think that the credit belongs to one person, Barack Obama, despite the clumsy zig zag course he took to get there.
Where does that leave us? It leaves us looking for something else to talk about. Don't worry, the House Republicans seem poised for an effort to tie defunding Obamacare to the debt limit, so there will plenty of REAL problems to discuss in the next couple months. Where does it leave Syria? It leaves Syria convulsed in Civil War with dozens dying every day. But hopefully those deaths will now be from snipers or artillery rather than Sarin. Is that progress? It all depends. Do you like chemical weapons? I don't.