Bashar al-Assad must be smirking as he waits by the phone. The U.S. is launching surveillance flights over Syria to track Islamic State militants with drones and possibly U2 spy planes. Calls are rife to follow up with airstrikes in Syria, but Obama is loath to aid Assad’s regime. The U.S. may hedge its bets and order cross-border hits from within Iraq, but Syria says uncoordinated airstrikes are acts of aggression. Assad’s people have encouraged Obama to ring.