I am a little confused here. The last I heard, Assad had emphasized that Syria was a sovereign country, and he wanted no drones or military missiles used by us in his country unless authorized by him. Seems like a reasonable request. Now I am reading that Obama "authorizes" spy flights over Syria, and he has no plans to seek consent from the Damascus regime. WTH? Has Assad asked for our help now, or what is going on? The UN recognizes Assad as the duly elected leader of Syria, so what is Obama doing? The US does not rule Syria. Does he want to have a confrontation with Russia over this, especially since we will look like the aggressor here in the eyes of the rest of the world, and if so, WHY?