(devil's advocate position)
You sound very politically correct.
The 'War on Terror' was and is a brilliant ideological coup.
The government fails America utterly but the executive branch is successful in turning Americans wrath towards the evil 'other'.
Have you ever read George Orwell's 1984? ‘Doublespeak' is the new American mandate for success.
Do you really believe that those holding the reins of power know what is best for all the American people? Do you really believe they even care?