Kerry makes the case for action in Syria Secretary of State John F. Kerry (Alastair Grant/Associated Press)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is no friend of Christians. “The idea that somehow [Assad] was a protector of Christians is just absurd. He’s a protector of himself and his regime. Anyone who gets in the way will be eliminated.” Has anyone told Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)?

Congress is partners with President Obama in the Syria mess. “President Obama’s hesitancy and confusion has united pretty much all Republicans in scathing criticism of his lack of leadership over Syria. I have joined in those criticisms. But we should not let Republicans and the rest of the political class — to say nothing of the nonpolitical mass — off the hook either for the loss of American credibility that will ensue from events of recent weeks.” Well, yes, that’s been a central theme at Right Turn.

Voters don’t trust our new cohorts in Damascus and Moscow when it comes destruction of chemical weapons. “Americans overwhelmingly support the diplomatic agreement between the United States and Russia to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, despite having deep doubts about the Syrian regime’s compliance and giving low marks overall for how President Obama is handling the situation, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.”  This, by the way is an excellent example, of why pols can’t follow contradictory, illogical public opinion on foreign policy.

Teachers’ unions have no stronger ally than President Obama. Poor students? Not so much. GOP House leaders write to the attorney general blasting his shutdown of the Louisiana school choice plan: “If DOJ is successful in shutting down this invaluable school choice initiative, not only will students across Louisiana be forced to remain in failing schools, but it could have a reverberating effect and cause other states to feel pressured to shut down similar initiatives that provide countless children the opportunity to receive a better education…Instead of undermining choice and opportunity in education, the administration should support state and local efforts to provide more education options.”

The president’s loyalists would like to believe he’s a man beset by “unexpected” calamities, such as losing on gun control. “In many ways, Obama has yet to recover from that early-second-term loss. Immigration reform, which was supposed to be Obama’s top domestic priority, is stalled in the Republican-controlled House. A budget standoff in the spring led the White House to accept mandatory, across-the-board spending cuts that have forced federal agencies to scale back programs. And escalating violence in Egypt and Syria has led to renewed questions about Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East.” It’s pretty much what conservatives expected.

Secretary of State John Kerry’s new pal Russian foreign minister Sergey V. Lavrov outfoxed him, even the New York Times confesses. “In many ways, Mr. Lavrov’s work over the next six days represented the apex of a career largely spent trying to body-block what the Kremlin has long viewed as dangerous American unilateralism. It is a job he has done so effectively that it has earned him the nickname ‘Minister Nyet,’ and senior American officials, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, have said they often found it infuriating to deal with him.”

Anti-immigration reform advocates are poor backers of the average working American they claim to help. “Although federal law prohibits employers from hiring someone residing in the country illegally, there is no law prohibiting such a person from starting a business or becoming an independent contractor.As a result, some young immigrants are forming limited liability companies or starting freelance careers — even providing jobs to U.S. citizens — as the prospect of an immigration law revamp plods along in Congress.” Plainly, we have to get these people to self-deport!

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.