Rumsfeld: ‘We Probably Deserve a D or a D+’ In the Battle of Ideas

Bush’s National Security Strategy claims that the battle of ideas will be the ultimate factor in deciding whether we win 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.

Today, Rumsfeld provided an honest assessment of the administration’s efforts to date:

RUMSFELD: 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.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Condoleezza Rice and Karen Hughes.