We've done this to ourselves. Now let us resolve to fix it.
The British are pulling their troops out. The Iraqi government doesn't want our troops there.
Rather than jumping on our high horse, we must listen to reason and listen to their side.
We should not deceive ourselves about the opinions of other people. While we see ourselves as morally sound and regard our good fortune as the natural and just reward for our soundness, these views are not shared by large numbers of many people in the world.
They look on our great wealth not as the reward of our virtue, but as proof of our wickedness, as evidence of the ruthless exploitation, not only of our own working people but of themselves.
For great masses of people live in abject poverty and know nothing firsthand of our system or of industrialism of any kind are easily persuaded that their misery is due to capitalist exploitation rather than to the shortcomings of their own economies.
Hundreds of millions, if not billions of these people are taught to believe that we are wicked, arrogant, brutal, immoral, and ruthless.
Our current leadership in Washington is partially to blame for all this.
And when we hear faint echoes of the same propaganda from our own allies, particularly the British and the Iraqi government, who no longer share our devotion to troop surge, our indignation turns to a sort of outrage.