From This Stick Figure Man:
...Michael Scheuer the author of Imperial Hubris and a 22 year veteran of the CIA made an interesting point which I'm sure I've heard before but it really resonated with me today. To paraphrase he said "groups like Osama Bin Ladin's hate the US for our actions in the Middle East." OK that seems like common sense. He added "but our governments keep lying to us telling us that they hate our way of life."
The government doesn't want to stand up and admit that their actions have repercussions. That over the past X number of years the US has been bumbling around the issues in the Middle East and pissed a lot of people off. Much better to spin it for the American people in a way that makes it a personal attack on their core beliefs. This makes people more angry. 'Yeah the people in the Middle East are opposed to freedom. Those bastards, they deserve to be invaded and occupied.'
Don't want people to start thinking these things...
-U.S. government supports Israel and is indifferent to the Palestinians
-U.S. and western troops on the Arabian Peninsula
-U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan
-U.S. support of countries that oppress Muslims such as Russia, India and China
-U.S. pressure on Arabs to keep oil prices low
-U.S. support for tyrannical governments