I have called for Syria’s destruction in the past.
However I am a realist when it comes to foreign policy. If we can’t do that, than we should neutralize their influence in the region. The best way to do this is to “bring them in from the cold” and give them what they want.
Our ear? Yes.
Respect? Perhaps – but they have to earn it first.
Their payoff? Being taken off our Axis of Evil list, trade.
Off the table: Lebanon.