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  •  Love your optimism, and am inclined to see (1+ / 0-)
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    collaboration, cooperation, ingenuity, and many other reasons to hope that the vocal minority will get tired of hearing themselves and each other LOOOOOOOONG, LOOOOOONG, LOOOOOOONNNNNG before the rest of us do.

    While I'm disappointed with some of Obama's decisions and policies too, I think that he picks his battles.  

    In particular, I see his voting record and his decisions re the military and the MIC as thoughtful, measured, and willing to risk total failure on some cherished values, to begin trimming and dismantling significant fat from the defense sector.

    While I think the drone program is atrocious, he is willing to risk permanent criticism for failing on those civil rights issues in order to bring the troops home and begin spending some of those billions investing here at home. The MIC is an enormous ship that won't be turned in one Administration, or even two. It will take a long and concerted effort, and cutting off General Petraeus' path to the White House was a significant decision, IMO.

    I also know that he went against many people with his decision to intervene in Libya (for which there was little upside at the time, except the purely humanitarian ideal of  sparing a million lives). Without Obama's willingness to make a decision there would be no Banghazi. There would be another million people dead or displaced, their homes and city destroyed, another failing country on the African continent destabilizing the whole region.

    •  I think I see where you are (1+ / 0-)
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      ...and agree that optimism is a long term project; I remember being very upset with Pres. Obama for awhile, but at the same time, I don't understand all the inner dynamics of Washington politics, either.  He sure had a divergent cabinet working with him, with Geitner on one hand and Stephen Chu on the other.  I share your feelings about Gen. Petraeus, on the other hand, I'm not sure about Brenner.  

      That said, we have lots of work to do, of course, and we both know what it entails.  Things are really heating up, shaking up everywhere; it could go in many different directions, and I'm glad that Obama is in office, considering we'd be looking at a John Boltan-style cabinet if things had worked out differently.  That in itself leaves a lot of room for optimism!

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