You got that right, our policies and interests "may change moderately from administration to administration,[but] the underlying interests [that will not change] are simply not allied with the policies that many Muslims around the world would like to see the United States pursue, [so] we’re going to have to agree to disagree."
Except that the policies that make up our imperial hubris are not something those on the receiveing end can "agree to disagree" on. If my policy and interests means your suffering then it is horribly and perversely misantrhopic to dismiss your concerns and say you just need to learn to accept it.
And notice that Alterman, a Bushite, also admits that what Obama’s "task" is, is "to frame U.S. policy in a way that takes some of the passion out of the widespread hostility for the United States."
We are not going to change anything. We will just do a remix of the same old song and dance and cross our fingers that the audience is too stupid to notice.