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In grim times, how would Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls deal with the Is­lamic State? It is a ready topic on the cam­paign trail this week, pared down to es­sen­tial one-lin­ers. A sam­pling:

“We will not de­grade them, not weaken them, we will ut­terly de­stroy them.” (Sen. Ted Cruz, to broad­cast host Glenn Beck.)

“I will quickly and de­ci­sively bomb the hell out of ISIS. We’ll make the mil­i­tary so strong, no one, and I mean no one, will mess with us.” (Don­ald Trump, in a new cam­paign ad.)

“We need to cre­ate a win­ning strat­egy to dis­man­tle and de­stroy the Is­lamic State while plant­ing seeds for a more peace­ful, healthy and co­he­sive so­ci­ety in the war-torn re­gions of the Mid­dle East.” (Ben Car­son, in


If we don’t ac­cept the refugees, New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo sug­gested the U.S. “take down the Statue of Lib­erty.

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