This at least seems to be different than the usual game. The US is going to help Assad? Weren't they helping the rebels last year.
This is only a pretext to get U.S. troops on the ground in Syria without much opposition from American people. The ulterior motive is to target Assad after there is more of a troops build-up. The rebels whom the U.S. is officially supporting are supposed to be "moderates" fighting against both al-Nusra Front (and ISIS) and the Assad govt. However, the fact is the U.S. also helped create al-Nusra & ISIS to destabilize the region and weaken Assad.
Check out the surname of the U.S. Special Envoy for Syria (in the OP article above), and you will see he is among the Christ-haters manipulating and scheming for more war as they control U.S. govt & foreign policy, while same policies benefit "Israel" & the perfidious ones.