Sports are trivial compared to matters of war and peace, but some parallels apply.
One of which is calling time-outs when opponents seize the momentum. It creates space to regroup and revisit strategies and tactics that will blunt the advances and regain the offensive.
The U.S. could use a breather to regroup and revisit strategies and tactics in its war against radical Islam. No, war is most definitely not a sport. It is a life-and-death struggle for survival, and that's why it is so important to reassess why and how we are losing so badly.