Donald Rumsfeld gives an assessment:
If I were grading, I would say we probably deserve a D or a D-plus as a country as to how well we’re doing in the battle of ideas that’s taking place in the world today. And I’m not going to suggest that it’s easy, but we have not found the formula as a country.
Hmm...seems problematic given that the Bush Administration's National Security Strategy stresses that the battle of ideas will be the ultimate factor in deciding who wins the war on terror:
In the long run, winning the war on terror means winning the battle of ideas, for it is ideas that can turn the disenchanted into murderers willing to kill innocent victims.
Original CBS news article.
Think Progress link to the story.