Preamble: Recognizing that there is a war being waged by various groups of militant Islamists on multiple fronts, the U.S. has a role in trying to marginalize those groups to the point of insignificance.
Therefore, the Bird Dog Doctrine is articulated as follows:
1. This is as much an information war as a hot war. The U.S. should utilize its resources to assist the Ummah and theological community in discrediting this ideology. This assumes that the Ummah and theological community are willing to do so.
2. To the extent that there is actionable intelligence that militant Islamist groups are plotting attacks on U.S. soil, we are within our self-defense rights to take those groups out.
3. For the government that harbors the militant Islamist group that conducted a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil, we our within self-defense rights to take that government down if we choose to do so, under the condition that such an operation is responsibly planned and manned. This means that, post-invasion, we are obligated to help form a sustainable government that will not harbor militant Islamist groups.
4. Our military actions should conform with the laws of war and our own rule of law. This implicitly includes minimizing civilian casualties.
5. The U.S. should always keep all diplomatic channels open at all times with all parties, but with expectations kept really low.
6. A policy that is limited to bombing from afar does not work.
7. At this current stage, the U.S. should combat militant Islamist forces with our own ground, air and naval forces, but only under the following conditions: (1) the government the U.S. is supporting is worthy of that support; (2) See Item 4 above.
8. For Muslim-majority countries, the U.S. should undertake the role of encouraging the expansion of civil liberties and political rights for all, and for equal protections for minorities.
9. For Iran, our best options are diplomacy and sanctions.
10. There is never a bad time to speak truth to power and bad behavior. Ever. There are no sacred cows.
That's pretty much it. I hope that clarifies things and keeps liberals from putting words in my mouth. I left out counterinsurgency doctrine because it was abandoned in Iraq and it didn't work in Afghanistan. It no longer applies. If Item 3 arises, a counterinsurgency strategy may be necessary if post-invasion conditions degrade. I didn't directly address sharia law, but you can read between the lines in Item 8.