The Democratic debate Saturday focused as advertised on how to deal with ISIS and the growing threat of Islamic terrorism, but absolutely no new ground was broken.
Although there were minor difference between the candidates, it came down to this: foreign — build a coalition of Muslim states to fight ISIS; domestic — work with our Muslim community to weed out the potential radicals. (That latter hasn’t been working too well lately.)
In other words, no change from the Obama policy that has gone nowhere for years.
The candidates were most allergic to “boots on the ground.” America wasn’t going to be drawn again into a ground war in the Middle East. Yet there was no explanation how we could possibly win without troops. Nor was there an explanation of why the Muslim armies would suddenly coalesce against ISIS without us, without, in Lee Smith’s famous words, “the strong horse” — that is, without real U.S. on the ground participation.