Hence, Snow's rationale for avoiding diplomacy with Syria:
Because the track record stinks. I don't know if you remember all the old pictures of diplomats...sitting around there drinking tea with Hafez al-Assad, the father, having to sit there for five, six, ten hours, listening to polite but long discourses on Greater Syria, and at the end of that, having gotten nothing.Well, here is my advice to anyone who finds himself in this predicament:
1) keep Greater Syria lectures to 90 minutes or lessThat might improve the results.
2) serve arak instead of tea