Let's stay realistic just. USA aren't after democracy in Syria now. Democracy has been smoking screen for them just. Actually they and their western allies have been long a watering mouth for Syria as rather huge potential recipient of western armaments. So far Damask has been relying mostly on China, Russia and Iran in the armaments supplies as you might know. I've been involved in servicing of the armaments deals with Damask on part of China. That's been good money for me and my big family and promising perspectives as well. I'm scary I may well be left without any soon! Americans and their western allies are on the side of the illegal militants opposing Asad now and they are set to pump them with the armaments to make them win. This victory would mean really huge dividends for western companies in future. It's a well-known fact that those militants are lead by leaders representing interests of the Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar, American devoted allies in the region, all of'em ....... and buyers of their armaments as well. BTW When Clinton focused recently on some Syria destined deliveries of helicopters by Moscow (they haven't been confirmed so far as I know) she definitely had smth in mind. I guess American State Dep wants to introduce some sanctions to hit Russian firms trading in armaments. And they need some pretext just. I suspect that's been just a testing ball and they are going to hit China next.