“Americans are understandably reluctant to help Assad because he is a depraved dictator who responded to the Arab Awakening by turning his military against the Syrian population,” Max Abrahms, a Northeastern University professor and terrorist analyst, explains. “But Washington also needs to consider how best to protect the American population.”

“Whereas Assad has never posed a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, ISIS is actively scheming to carry out a mass casualty attack against us,” Abrahms adds. “From a U.S. national security perspective, ISIS is the more immediate threat.”