Nir Rosen emerges from two months in Syria with some sobering conclusions:
Security officials I have spoken to do not seem particularly distressed by the fact that half the country has risen up against them.
Early on, the administration hesitated at the crucial moment and didn't kill enough people to crush the uprising in a single blow. Now there is no turning back.
... this struggle can drag on for years. The regime knows that Russia, Iran and Iraq will back it to the end."
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.