4. Pointing fingers
Finger pointing is a popular pastime when the topic is Syria. The government blames the rebels. The rebels blame the government. The United Nations blames both.
A U.N. report, released Wednesday, asserts that both sides have committed grave crimes in violation of international law.
The U.N. Human Rights Council says government forces are committing crimes against humanity by attacking civilian populations. War crimes like murder, torture and hostage-taking are the charges assigned to the opposition.
"There is no military solution to this conflict," the report says. "Those who supply arms create but an illusion of victory."
Denials are likely from both sides. More likely from each? More finger pointing.
5. It's Putin's turn
Obama got his say Tuesday. Wednesday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a stab at winning friends and influencing people in a piece published on the New York Times.
In the op-ed, Putin says it's time "to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders." He challenges Obama across the board.
Putin says striking Syria would kill innocent people, spread violence across the region and cloud other Middle East peace efforts. It would also "unleash a new wave of terrorism." Skip the United Nations and go it alone, that "would constitute an act of aggression."
The sarin gas attack? That's in there too.
While Obama squarely puts the blame for the alleged sarin gas attack on the Assad regime, Putin writes "There is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian army, but by opposition forces to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists."
Not a lot of middle ground as talks start in Geneva.
Democratic Senator Robert Menendez said the piece made him almost want to throw up.
But wait, there's more! Putin ended with a swipe at Obama.
It was a reference to Obama's Tuesday night address where he said that while America can't be a global cop, it ought to act when in certain situations.
"That's what makes us exceptional," Obama said. "With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth."
Putin's answer to that?
"It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation," he wrote.
"We are all different," the Russian leader concluded, "but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal."
The Internet responded with variations on "Oh no, he didn't!"
But the administration's reaction was to brush it off.
A senior White House official says it's "all irrelevant," suggesting Putin is already all in when it comes to forcing Syria to give up its chemical weapons.
"(Putin) now owns this," the official added of the Russian plan to have Syria's leadership give up its chemical weapons. "He has fully asserted ownership of it, and he needs to deliver."
Let's see if he does.