U.S. Rejects Assad Reforms

The Obama administration may not be moving to intervene in Syria’s ongoing massacre, but it isn't buying President Bashar al-Assad’s promises of reform. Responding to an announcement by Assad Wednesday that he has ordered a referendum for a new constitution, Press Secretary Jay Carney said the move was “quite laughable” in light of the regime’s daily assault on its citizens. The new constitution pledges to allow additional political parties to participate in Syria’s government, but Carney said Assad never delivered any of the reforms promised thus far.