Do any of the Republican candidates have a plan for defeating ISIS? As near as I can tell, most of them have offered up variations on this:
- Bomb ISIS, just like Obama, but better.
- Use Iraqi ground troops, just like Obama, but better.
- Put together a coalition of local allies, just like Obama, but better.
Am I missing anything? Aside from being more bellicose (the sand will glow, we’ll bomb the shit out of them, etc.), all of the candidates are saying that Obama’s strategy is basically sound, but they’d tweak it a bit here and there. They’d stop worrying about civilian deaths so they could drop more bombs. They’d somehow train Iraqi forces better than the Army is doing right now. And they’d put together a real coalition, though it’s never really clear what they mean by that or how they’d accomplish it.