Any Syrian rebels looking for a sign of support from the Obama administration got their hopes dashed pretty thoroughly by Hillary Clinton on the morning shows today. Not only has she essentially taken military intervention off the table, but she also referred to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad as a “reformer.”  “There is a different leader in Syria now, many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer,” she said.

Basically the State Department’s position is that Assad really isn’t that bad of a guy, and even if he was, the U.S. and the rest of the world don’t really care enough to intervene.

“If there were a coalition of the international community, if there was the passage of a Security Council resolution, if there were a call by the Arab League, if there was a condemnation that was universal, but that is not going to happen because I don’t think it is yet clear what will occur, what will unfold,” said Clinton, when asked if the U.S. would take military action in Syria.

Assad can rest easy knowing that he can continue to gun down peaceful protesters in the streets with impunity.