What remains to be seen is whether or not President Obama will be butchered by the public for military adventurism as they did to President Bush.
This argument has been coming up a lot lately as conservatives try to push the “double standard” talking point. Essentially everyone worships Obama but he really is “teh suck”. Everyone hates Bush’s, and conservatives, foreign policy but Obama is just like him, etc, etc.
But what gets overlooked is that President Bush was hailed for 6 years before the public finally became fed up with the war. Foreign policy was the area that President Bush destroyed John Kerry with. Remember “We shouldn;t have to ask the world for a permission ship to defend America” or the national review putting Howard Dean on the front page with the title “Please Nominate This Man” because Dean was a major anti-war candidate and the war was still popular.
The American people tend to be supportive or unconcerned about foreign policy issues until it directly effects them or there’s massive American causalities. After being bogged down with a lack of progress for 6 years in Iraq and Afghanistan the American people finally got fed up. Had the Surge come earlier then there probably would’ve been a big difference in the way we view the war and Bush foreign policy.