Yes, I do have a strategy, even though I suspect the president may reject it because, alas, I am an Islamophobe. More precisely, I am an Islamodespicio because I despise Islam far more than I fear it. (It’s the only religion on Earth I feel that way about.) I despise a religion that, other than Comrade Putin, is the source of virtually all the large scale violence in the world and has been for decades. I also despise it for its treatment of women, homosexuals, children (putting machine guns in their hands at the age of seven and teaching them to kill non-believers), for its complete intolerance of other religions and secular systems and for the consistent dishonesty with which it treats the rest of the human race. I despise it in its Shiite and Sunni forms (even though they despise each other), as well as its murderous subsidiaries like Hezbollah, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, al Nusra and on and on.
So I don’t have much question about what to do about ISIS. Obliterate it. Put as few of our people in harm’s way as possible to accomplish that, but if it’s necessary to do so, it’s necessary.
As I keep saying, kill enough of them that they lose their will to fight us, or are all dead. Either way works for me. Of course I want to see victory, and I don’t think any US administration has actually sought victory since World War II.
Clue: Victory looks like Japan and Germany at the end of World War II, not like Iraq at the end of the much-vaunted (and entirely ineffective) “Surge.” In the first case, our enemies were either dead or terrified to provoke our wrath. In the second, neither was true.