The Obama administration has been clear. They plan to "talk". It hasn't worked but to say they have no plan is not accurate. They have an unworkable plan.
The Ron Paul types would like us to pull out. You addressed that very well.
If talking and running are not acceptable, what is?
Bush had us take the war to a place where we had the advantage - Iraq. The radicals were drawn like a moth to a flame. The plan was not sustainable due to media pressure and war fatigue but it had some success.
If I understand the situation middle east types respect power. They will side with the strong horse.
So if I may, what you are really saying is that there is no easy solution and in fact there is no permanent solution. Agreed.