Jonathan Freedland pointedly asks if the war has really helped the situation or just made it worse. I would go with the latter too.
This week William Kristol, senior intellectual of the neo-conservative set, testified before the Senate foreign relations committee. He was asked whether the logic of the Iraq war – targeting a Ba’athist regime with links to terror and weapons of mass destruction – did not point inevitably to an attack on Syria, which meets all those same criteria. Kristol saw the logic, conceding that war with Syria could not be ruled out. This is the message from Washington: the shock and the awe may not be over yet.