A Pentagon advisory report warns that the US is losing the war of ideas in the Muslim world. linky:BBC The last two points are particularly interesting (if somewhat obvious). The US, like every other country in the world, conducts its foreign policy in order to secure or promote what it considers in its interests (or more correctly, the interests of its ruling class). The major difference being that the US wraps its foreign policy in considerably more diabetes-inducing candy-coated pseudo-altruistic verbiage than most other countries. That aside though, the important thing to realise here is that the US needs an urgent review of its foreign policy with regards to the middle east, not because it is the rightThing, but because it is in its own interests to do so. The other thing that stood out for me was that the report pointed out that "Muslims do not hate our freedom, but rather they hate our policies". What worries me is that (i assume) this report was meant to be read by descision makers etc. Do people at that level actually need that pointed out to them?