In an interview with CNN, President Bush admitted that the Iraq war helped extremists. He said, "I've made some very difficult decisions that made public diplomacy in (the) Muslim world difficult. One was obviously attacking Iraq."
If diplomacy in the Middle East were a game of chess, the President has just admitted that he gave his queen and both his rooks to Osama Ben Laden. All he's got left are his Religious Right bishops while Osama has only lost a few Muslim pawns.
Nevertheless, the president just thinks, "We're behind when it comes to selling our own story and telling people the truth about America."
What is the truth about America? The truth is, we invaded an oil laden country on the pretense that we were under imminent threat from its weapons of mass destruction. Now, we are extracting their oil, admitting that there were no WMD's, and telling them that "people will begin to see the wisdom of the policy" when we install a new government to oppress them.
Suppose that was happening at your family ranch down in Texas. Armed agents kick down your door, kill one of your kids and torture another, take control of your oil wells, and then they apologize for not finding a hidden stash of contraband weapons. Do you suppose you will see the "wisdom of the policy" when they move another family into your house?