I agree in many respects...
It is like the card game bullsh!t.
You get dealt a hand of cards and then you bet... so you might start the bidding 1 club, and the next person has to increase the bet... they might say 5 hearts and this continues to the point where your bet no longer reflects what is in your hand but to win you have to keep betting, so you bluff. You lose if your bluff is called.
Obama made a lot of grand promises to get elected and he captured the imagination and hope of a lot of people.
Of course without having done the job before he had no idea what he could or could not deliver so he was not lying, but making promises you can't keep is not a good way to make friends and influence people.
When they assassinated Osama Bin Laden they should have declared victory and left Afghanistan as soon as possible.
Wouldn't be the first time they did that, and wont be the last.
They really don't care about Afghanistan so any problems it might cause is really not their concern.
Heartless and cold, I know, but it is the truth.
So whatever bright ideas Paul might have about pulling out of NATO, shutting down all overseas bases ecetera and so forth: unfortunately for the world, it's not going to happen.
As an aside, I don't think isolationism would be good for the US economy anyway. They made their money from world wars and international trade.
For the US, Obama still is the best candidate -unless you happen to be a Redneck gun nut- and I think he should serve a second term to get started with the domestic agenda. Before he can do so, the fooling around in A'stan has to end here and now. Otherwise people will really begin to see him as Bush's third term regarding foreign policy.
Now, there is no need to label people who disagree with you...
For all we know Clinton might run as an independent against Obama and that would cripple his support base and might lead to either a Clinton win or a Republican win.
I do agree however that obama is the most likely winner... just as in the past Bush was unpopular but won because the alternative was too much of an unknown, and Tony Blair had the same things going for him in the UK.
In fact with the killing of OBL in many ways you could say Obama had a more successful foreign policy than Bush as OBL was a much more difficult target in many ways.
I would think ending the US presence in Afghanistan and also ending the use of Guantanimo as a torture centre would give a huge boost to Obamas ratings INTERNATIONALLY, but in terms of domestic popularity I would think a few measures to force US companies to spend money in the US to create jobs would have much greater effect.
Of course as you mention his hands are tied in many areas by people more interested in bipartisan politics than the good of the American people.
Lucky for him the US economy is showing some little signs of recovery. And that is what is going to save his behind in these elections. I doubt the next person to take office is going to be a Republican. Obama is going to get his second term, simply because ther is no feasible alternative (same with Putin in Russia, he is the least of all evils).
We certainly agree on this.
I would love to see a US president say something along the lines of the US is going to focus on green technology and efficiency to use the resources they already have more efficiently than ever before and the use of renewable resources will also be a focus and a goal.
The aim being to make the US self sufficient and also to create growth without increasing ecological damage or using up limited resources. Reuse materials rather than bury them in landfills. Use human and vegetable waste to generate power and use the byproducts as a resource (human and vegetable waste produces methane, but when the methane is removed the remains makes good fertiliser that is not full of chemicals).
Once they start reaching these sorts of goals they suddenly are no longer dependent on ME oil, they can make money by exporting their technology... better and more efficient management of resources means we can get by with less, so space based colonies become far more viable and efficient, while isolated communities like those in Alaska can have far less impact on their environments.
It is the sort of stuff I think most Americans want to hear from Obama, and in fact most people around the world want to hear from the US. They BS all the time about being world leader and world policeman, ...well father you are leading with a poor examples. Bomb and consume is the current message.