We as a nation need to be done with this crap. Were I President I would tomorrow declare peace, but with a clear warning -- the next time an Islamic terrorist killed just oneAmerican I would level Mecca with a tactical nuclear weapon, rendering that "hallowed ground" impassable for a thousand years. If it happened again I'd level Medina in exactly the same way, consigning, under these people's beliefs, every single one of them to Hell as they'd be unable to complete their holy obligations -- forever. And I'd order the military to dip their rounds in pig's blood so that any of these jackals that happened to get a special-delivery present at 3200fps would believe that they, under their own set of beliefs, would be unclean and go straight to eternal Hell if they were shot by them.
Perhaps that would be sufficient deterrent and perhaps not, but I would never, ever apologize to anyone who responded to speech or the disposal of unwanted simple pieces of paper with violence.
It is time for America as a nation and Americans as people to say "enough, damnit!" If you want to behave like animals then have at it, but not with our people, not on our land, and not with our help. Do whatever you want between yourselves -- we'll watch the pretty fireworks from a distance and munch tasty strips of bacon at the same time.
But if you **** with the bull, you're going to get the horns. Period. No more "nice" rules of engagement, no more pithy pontification from the West Wing, just one thing will happen in response -- overwhelming and immediate retaliatory force. We will not initiate force, as that's wrong and indefensible, but we will also not stand for anyone else doing so "in the name of (any) God" -- ever again.
This strikes me as the most reasonable approach to foreign policy. Don’t initiate violence, but do react with swiftly and completely toward any initiations of violence. So, while we won’t start any fights, we will certainly end them, and convincingly so.