Here is the money quote:
Ultimately, this war within Islam will be won by those who present the most compelling theological argument.We can't kill our way to victory. Men and women make choices about what they believe and how they act. With the right conditions they overcome the effect of coersion. Then the brain counts.
How is the United States Government (USG) helping this process? Can we help? Are we more likely to overplay our hand than not? Are large numbers of troops in Afghanistan helping or hurting? What about a smaller number of military personnel, with more Special Operations Forces (and support personnel), perhaps with increased emphasis on the Diplomatic, Informational and Economic sides?
Keep in mind that this is an area of the world where Islam is important, but there is no "one Islam". The win will go to "the most compelling theological argument."
Regards — Cliff