One linguistic tic I can't condone is the way leftist writers so commonly use "we" to mean the United States government, or even the Central Intelligence Agency. If James Ridgeway wants to admit culpability for the rise of Islamic aggression, that is fine by me. It would make him more honest than most leftists, anyway. For my part, though, I'm pretty sure if I were with the CIA I would be aware of it.
We had nothing to do with Bin Laden, or the Taliban, or Saddam Hussein, or any of that. Neocon/Trotskyite elites and their antecedents in the Lyndon Johnson and Franklin Roosevelt administrations are not us and they are not America and they damn well did not have America's interests in mind when they redefined America as the world's policeman.