I never thought in a million years I'd say this, but, Newt Gingrich is right.
If full scale war between the West and the Muslim countries happens, I do not doubt that the Western countries can win, BUT we are not prepared, we are not willing, and we will take MASSIVE losses before we even enter the battle.
The scariest part is, if it gets to the point where the war becomes ideological for US, it WILL become a new World War, and we don't know which way the rest of the world will jump. The Western nations will definitely be on our side, as will India, but China is a toss-up.
And when do we consider that war won? It'* ideological for them, do we go until the governments surrender? That won't stop the fighting, because the governments aren't the driving force, the ideology is...will we have to continue a war until we have committed genocide?
We could be faced with the prospect of wiping out an entire religion to ensure our own security.
The thought is pretty damn scary, but that is one of the possibilities we face...