Iran owns Hezbollah; the Quds Force trains, funds, equips, and sometimes leads Hezbollah. Iran put a nuclear test facility in Syria a couple years back. Iran calls the tune, Hezbollah dances. Iran is knee deep in Syria and Lebanon and has been in for decades. Saying that Khameini doesn't want to get bogged down in Syria is like saying that the US doesn't want to get bogged down in Puerto Rico.
actually there are quite a large range of actions that we can take. declaring Assad to be a "reformer" is admittedly one of them.... it's just a pathetically stupid one...In any case, there's really not much that can be done about it.
Syria is the biggest piece now on the table for this Arab Spring. If we could aid the overthrow of the current regime there and help to free Lebanon from Hezbollah's grip, we could break a significant part of Iran's alliance to become a regional hegemon. Choosing to pursue Libya and ignore Syria is an insane set of priorities.
yes... that will work out well.... wait, no, the default right now is that it goes horribly, horribly, badly. short of Iran somehow bringing out (and using) a surprise nuclear weapon, interaction can only improve matters.I propose that the US stay out of it entirely, as we have no idea what the consequences would be.