They will always be clueless. The problem is that we allow the Arab govs to use anti-American propaganda as an excuse for their failures. That is stupid.
As soon as we make if very clear that they will be removed from power if they don't crack down hard on their anti-American press islamic fundamentalists it will happen.
We may need to kill a couple of million in order to make our point but probably not. Removing Sadam in a very aggressive way and setting up a puppet government there with an American bayonett in his back would probably be enouph and would be relatively easy.
We need to put the 400 billion military budget to good use. Right now we're wasting about 350 billion of it while America and the civilized world is under a very real an serious threat.