The essay's key summation: "Never before has America been held in lower esteem by the Arab peoples of the Islamic world."
Remove the words "Arab" and "Islamic", and you're bang on, Pat.
I was, and remain, conservative: government must always hesitate before imposing top-down solutions. Build the infrastructure, then get out of the way.
I was, and remain, opposed to the Iraq invasion. Illegal under UN law, immoral under any ethical standard, and counterproductive by any measure other than the bank accounts of war profiteers, it has branded the US in general - and US conservatives in particular - as stupid, depraved, and counterproductive.
Why the GOP still pumps air into its brand-ruining "world police" carcass is beyond me.