Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on Markaz.
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Editor’s Note: No one wants to give terrorists even a shred of legitimacy through negotiations, but even hardline counterterrorist countries like Israel have at times recognized the need to cut a deal with their enemies. This issue has come up again and again for the United States, particularly as it searches for allies in Syria: Some of the most effective forces against the Assad regime and the Islamic State are those of the Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra), an al-Qaida affiliate.
In recent days, legal blogs have carried commentary on whether or not the President has the legal authority to defend the Syrian rebels that the United States has trained and equipped to take on the Islamic State (see here and here).
“As has become obvious, the Obama administration’s response to the Syrian crisis is an abject failure.”