The politically correct strategy hasn't worked. Because every now and then a non-Muslim commits an atrocity, let's just ignore that 90+ percent of terrorist acts and atrocities and attempted terrorist acts and atrocities all over the world are being committed by Muslim extremists or Muslim opportunists. We are supposed to not notice that, do no profiling, avoid using terms Muslim or Islam as much as possible lest we possibly offend a peaceful Muslim. All this has accomplished is to inform the terrorist that terrorism is working, they are effectively affecting our behavior in almost every way, and we are impotent and weak vermin to be exterminated.
The let's buy their friendship hasn't worked. They gladly take our money, but very little of it goes for food, clothes, and medicine for the people as intended. Most, if not all of it, seems to be going to finance training camps for new terrorists and for weapons they hope to use on us.
The whack-a-mole strategy hasn't worked--a missile here, some bombs there, send in a few drones, etc.--and every time the intended targets slip through our fingers, you can almost hear the snickering and guffaws at how stupid and anemic we are. If we do manage to kill or arrest one of them, he immediately becomes a glorified martyr championing the glory of Allah. And if they are lucky enough to get some of the women and children into our line of fire so there will be injuries or deaths, they score big because they can use that effectively in their P.R. campaign to brand us the terrible, evil infidels that they believe that we are.
I suggest we stop all of that ineffective stuff that just encourages and empowers the enemy.
And then I suggest we establish a firm resolve to stop being the world's police force against terrorism. I don't know whether the idea originated with him, but I heard Bill O'Reilly propose a plan recently that made a lot of sense. Call together all the world's leaders of peaceful nations and have each provide X number of well paid and well trained volunteer mercenary fighters to form a strike force of at least 25,000 guys. Each country maybe proportionately by population will help finance the strike force that will go in with overwhelming force to terribly rout out and punish terrorists wherever they commit terrorism or to stop terrorists when plots are uncovered in advance. No punches will be pulled and retaliation for terrorism will be swift and certain. Any nations who do not participate and help with the funding will be on their own and can expect no intervention or help from anybody else. Unless I'm missing something, it seems to be the best idea I've seen put out there yet.