Political transitions with a little help from the military

The US campaign to bring “freedom and democracy” to the world gets a little surreal at times. This is US Secretary of State John Kerry explaining how the US is helping with the transition of power in Syria:

Ultimately a combination of diplomacy and pressure will be needed to bring about a political transition. Military pressure particularly may be necessary given President Assad’s reluctance to negotiate seriously [1]

Hang on. If that is “military pressure” isn’t that a military solution then? Not a “political transition”? We can see the Rambouillet mechanism