Our leaders believe that if you treat everyone as 'good Christian Americans', they will respond as good Christian Americans. The problem is that they are not Christian or Americans. In that part of the world, weakness is to be exploited brutally. What we see as generosity, they see as weakness. They do not respect weakness, but they do respect strength. I was at the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 taking out all non essential personnel. Political correctness and a fear of making a bad decision led to a disaster.