News from Washington revealing a secret plan to counteract the fighting in Syria is now on the table. While the plan is still in its early stages, ideally minority groups still supporting al-Assad will be influenced by the US and allied nations to back the rebel alliance. The leading rebel group, the Syrian Nation Council will no longer be the “visible leader” of the opposition according to US. Organization of an administrative zone with nonlethal assistance from US and allies in the rebel controlled northern border may be the first step. This article also outlines plans for a meeting in Cairo where opposition representatives could establish a formal presence. Looking ahead, if international recognition is on the table restoration and expansion of basic public services could be backed by US dollars. Detractors have reason to doubt these plans at the most fundamental level, no support in lethal terms by the US will do nothing to stop the air to ground attacks on civilians. In addition, the two sides are still too far apart for this kind of initiative, the SNC are not on board with attending these meeting at this time.