Most, if not all, of the presidential candidates participating in the two Fox News Channel debates on January 28 told us that as president of the United States they would destroy the Islamic State, ISIS. They only differed somewhat in their operational concepts to achieve that end. Not one of them, however, discussed the overarching strategic question of the “What Next?” How would each prepare a strategy to deal with a Middle East featuring an ascendant Jihadist, terrorist, nuclear expansionist Shiia Iran? Due to American success against ISIS, the mullahs would be unchallenged on the ground by significant Sunni forces.
To be fair to the candidates, the moderators never asked this all-important question.