I think Thomas Freidman has it right.
"Many Americans also understood that when it came to our record in the
Arab/Muslim world since 9/11, we were 0 for 3. Afghanistan seems headed
for failure; whatever happens in Iraq, it was overpaid for; and Libya
saw a tyrant replaced by tribal wars. I also think a lot of people look
at the rebels in Syria and hear too few people who sound like Nelson
Mandela — that is, people fighting for the right to be equal citizens,
not just for the triumph of their sect or Shariah."