WHEN IN DOUBT: FIND AN EXILE. Ah, excellent. Farid Ghadry, part of the Syrian exile group Reform Party of Syria, says that the recent operation where Israeli jets buzzed Bashar Asad's house "is very encouraging to the Syrian opposition." Let me go on record as sharing Justin Logan's skepticism. Appearing to be working in collaboration with the Israeli Defense Forces has not, historically, been a great method of gaining popular support in Arab countries.

The good news is that a couple of weeks ago Ghadry "met with Vice President Cheney on June 17 at the American Enterprise Institute�s annual retreat" in Colorado, so it's not like there's any precedent for this sort of thing going awry. I mean, Cheney + exiles + AEI = victory, right? Right.

--Matthew Yglesias

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