The U.S. needs to take the lead on a strategy, in conjunction with our local allies, that will destroy ISIS and deprive it and other terror groups of safe havens. This will require a larger number of American troops on the ground, especially Special Forces, working with the Kurds, Sunni tribes, and other partners.
The conflict is not just about ISIS, either: ISIS is only the most prominent manifestation of radical Islam, an ideology bent on destroying the West and eradicating its values. In this civilizational struggle, either we win, or they win.
On the military front, We need to build a multinational coalition of countries willing to send troops into Iraq and Syria with embedded U.S. forces and U.S. logistical and intelligence support to aid local fighters on the ground in destroying ISIS safe havens and expand airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. We also need a plan to oust Bashar al-Assad from power, not cut deals with Moscow to save him.