This column is talking in the right direction. Clarifying our position and taking the offense will be needed.
I must differ about a tangental point it made where is said "the Bush Administration put us a in a terrible situation in Iraq by invading without having the slightest idea that our troops would end up policing the country for nearly a decade." The whole reason Bush Sr. stopped short of invading Iraq during the first gulf war was precisely because he knew it would be a quagmire and he assured the public at this time by saying there will be "No more Vietnams." And considering he was Bush's father, Bush Jr certainly had a pretty good idea that what did happen, and what Bush Sr. thought would happen, may well happen.