President Obama got angry at lawmakers who suggested in a private meeting that he should have armed the Syrian rebels, calling the criticism “horseshit.”
Let's flash back to the Times for more:
With “respect to Syria,” said the president, the notion that arming the rebels would have made a difference has “always been a fantasy. This idea that we could provide some light arms or even more sophisticated arms to what was essentially an opposition made up of former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth, and that they were going to be able to battle not only a well-armed state but also a well-armed state backed by Russia, backed by Iran, a battle-hardened Hezbollah, that was never in the cards.”
Farmers and pharmacists? From this 2007 paper I see that that all Syrian males (other than Jews) were subject to mandatory military service. And the rebels were buttressed by what CJ Chiver of the Times described as "a cadre of army defectors".
But maybe leaving them unarmed, despite Obama's bold words that Assad must "step aside", was meant to provide a salutory lesson in the importance of non-violent confrontation. Too bad Assad didn't play along.
What's horseshit is that a failed community organizer with no discernible resume would have the last word on important questions emerging from the real world.