This was never really about gas. It was always about Iran and the need to alter the strategic equation. Iran now has access to Syrian forward bases. It can situate its mobile ballistic missile batteries and target Israel. While those batteries exist Israel cannot attack Iran’s nuclear facilities with impunity. It was thought that a hard “limited strike” would so weaken the Assad regime that the rebels would come to power and evict the Iranians. Obama and Kerry should have made it plain the real reasons and need for an intervention. They also should have addressed the legitimate concerns about the nature of the rebels, the anti Christian atrocities and the likely cost to the American people. Its been a disaster that is likely to result in Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. IMHO they will test a weapon in 9-12 months and the arguments will be over.
If it is about Iran, why not let the Israelis go after Iran. That has the merit of going after the cause instead of the symptom along with the additional benefit of not involving us in a civil war.
I thought Obama was going make that the thrust of his speech but, alas, it won't all fit on a bumper sticker.