In Haaretz, Zvi Bar'el gives the most cogent, informed, clear-headed assessment of Bashar Assad's predicament I've seen anywhere (not that I'm breaking my back looking). Well worth reading. Note that the "Lebanese opposition journal that is published in the United States" Bar'el uncharitably declines to name is actually the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, a jim-dandy collaboration between right-wing Maronites and the talented Mr. Pipes. The specific "dossier" of Wafic Said Bar'el references is here. If you're looking for a Syria-invasion stroke mag with just that frisson of respectability (and these days who isn't?), you could do a lot worse than MEIB.