Activists protest against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. (Getty Images)

In his Washington Post opinion column, Eugene Robinson asks about the Obama administration's plan for Syria after the U.S. made a dramatic denouncement of the country's dictator and called for him to step down. 

It's hard to argue with President Obama's call for Bashar al-Assad, the bloodthirsty Syrian dictator, to step down. But it's also hard to discern any logic or consistency in the administration's handling of the ongoing tumult in the Arab world.

It is obvious that Assad, like Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi, has no intention of surrendering power voluntarily. It is also clear that Assad’s savagery is a match for Gaddafi's. Both used armored columns to put down peaceful protests. Both ordered assassinations and arrests. Both used naval vessels to shell cities that had become hotbeds of unrest.

So do we give Assad the Gaddafi treatment? Does Obama follow up his statement with a barrage of cruise missiles? Do we involve ourselves in yet another Middle Eastern war? 

Read Eugene Robinson's entire column in the Washington Post.