1. I think this is media cheerleading, more than it is reality.
The US had already, with imperial arrogance, lodged its demands with the Syrian opposition - provided lists of names for a new leadership, etc. This was before the election. What will happen is that it will remain clear that the Salafi insurgents are the real muscle on the ground. I hope that the US will continue resisting the Anglo-French pressure to support them. Obama has the unique opportunity to prevent World War 3 by resisting elite pressures regarding Iran and Syria.