U.S. Struggles in War of Ideas, Panel Says

In calling for a sweeping overhaul of American diplomacy in the Middle East, the Sept. 11 commission last week joined a growing consensus that the United States had not done enough to win over the world’s huge Muslim population.

The bipartisan panel urged in its final report that the government engage more deeply in a “struggle of ideas” against Islamic radicalism and develop a preventive strategy that was at least as political as it was military. “We need short-term action on a long-term strategy, one that invigorates our foreign policy with the attention that the president and Congress have given to the military and intelligence parts of the conflict against Islamic terrorism,” the report said. Full Story

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