The breathless reports this weekend that a ceasefire for Syria had been reached "in principle" reveal once again how unrealistic our thinking has become about this particular national security issue.
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Clint Watts argues the U.S. should try to fracture the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front in Syria and then negotiate with the splinter groups as a way to secure a more viable ground force against Assad and the Islamic State and halt al-Qaida's advance in Syria.
A lesson from the U.S. experience in Syria: We ought to tell rebels and insurgents, in advance, whether and to what extent U.S. personnel will join the fight against their adversaries. That, in turn, requires a prompt, clear and public drawing of legal boundary lines.
“As has become obvious, the Obama administration’s response to the Syrian crisis is an abject failure.”