Much has been made about Obama's so-called "lack of strategy" for what we should do in northern Iraq, Syria, etc. about ISIS.
I am no foreign policy wonk but here's my simplistic idea in three parts:
1 - We DO make a deal with Assad but it involves him stepping aside, leaving the country, turning over every last shred of chemical or any other WMD he might have. War crimes trials are possible.
2 - IN EXCHANGE we promise to obliterate ISIS from Syria and Iraq. This could stop the civil war that has claimed way too many lives in Syria and allow the millions of refugees to return (to what's left of) home.
3 - We will work with our allies to help establish some type of valid representative government in Syria to avoid a vacuum etc. We have to realize this might not be a democracy as we know and love them. Use whatever lessons we learned from Iraq and apply to Syria.
Finally and this is a bonus part. We also help establish a Kurdish nation in exchange for their help with removing any vestiges of ISIS, protection and movement of refugees off ALL faiths, protecting Iraq's northern oil supplies etc.
This would mean a massive air strike and no doubt some ground troops. But we don't go it alone. I think other countries would get on board and most Americans would like to see the Syrian crisis end.
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