Count me among those who thought we did terrorists a favor when we invaded Iraq. We deposed a dictator whose long-term interests were fundamentally at odds with those of the terrorists, and we created a hotbed of unrest where terrorists could breed while diminishing America's capacity to respond to troubles elsewhere.
Now from Fareed Zakaria comes word that terrorists are falling in international favor -- support for Osama Bin Laden fell 66 percentage points in Pakistan in less than six months (h/t Marvin Granger). The main reason appears to be that the more visible terrorists become, the less popular they are. "Death to America" rhetoric may sell in the abstract, but the more people realize how much actual death is involved, and how few of those who die are Americans, the more terrorists are feared and despised.
So creating a hotbed for terrorism actually turns out to have been a great idea. You want terrorists? Here are your terrorists: Now try living with them.
And people say Bush is dumb.