Before he ascended to office, President Obama was obviously convinced that Muslims just want a little respect. If we simply praise Islam, bow to Muslim leaders, and tell the world, again and again, that Muslims are peaceful, the jihadists will drop their bombs and rush to hug the unbelievers.
What Obama (and most Western leaders and media representatives) fails to grasp is that the origin of jihad lies not with Western actions in the Muslim world, but with the teachings of Muhammad. Hence, the West can never stop jihad by changing our policies in the Middle East, while simultaneously praising the system that gives rise to jihad.
Notice that Muslims understand this. In the following video, British Muslim Abu Mounisa tells Muslims that they cannot merely deal with the branches; they must go to the root of the problem--freedom and democracy. Mounisa is absolutely correct when he says that in order to overcome non-Islamic practices, Muslims would have to deal with the ideologies that support those practices. But the reverse is true as well. In order to overcome jihad (and wife-beating, killing apostates, sex with prepubescent girls, etc.), we must confront the ideology that gives rise to Islam. Unfortunately for our leaders who wish to submit to Islam, the ideology that needs to be confronted is Islam itself.