Yesterday the Huffington Post posted a front-page editorial from the New Republic that read, "Could Jihadists Overthrow the Syrian Government?" The article itself talks about the Obama administration and how it is approaching Syria in an attempt to engage it. According to the author Obama believes that keeping the Assad regime around (despite it's autocratic nature) is helpful because it will remain stable and therefore allow Syria to be relied upon. The author doesn't consider this to be a particularly good idea. I suggest you read the article, it is interesting, even if you don't agree with it's conclusions.
What else is interesting is that, despite all the talk about human rights violations and the possible destruction of freedom in Syria altogether, the Huffington Post talkbackers are nowhere to be found. Amazing! There is currently not a single post on the entire thread. But don't you worry, they are hard at work tracking down the possibility of autocracy in guess where: