In February 2009, before the proverbial Sh*t hit the proverbial fan, Kerry led a delegation to engage Syria. It was a "frank exchange" of ideas and talk about the possibility of peace in the region.
According to AFP, Assad told his visitors that future relations should be based on a "proper understanding" by Washington of regional issues and on common interests.
Apparently, Kerry praised Assad as a “very generous man” back in 2011, something which conservatives reminded us of ahead of Kerry’s State Department nomination.
So here we are. Today, experts believe President Obama is likely to order a limited military operation in Syria – a cruise missile strike on military targets – rather than a sustained air campaign to topple President Assad. Whether or not military action will actually work is an entirely different question.