Whereas the Bush administration with 20th century tunnel vision was obsessed with the role of Sovereign countries, Obama understands that the enemy we face today are non-state terrorist organizations. After all, it wasn't Iraq or Afghanistan or Iran that planned and executed the attacks of September 11, or the bombing of the USS Cole, the London Subway bombings etc. These attacks were all carried out by transnational terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda. Unfortunately for all of us, either out of stubbornness or just ignorance, Romney seems to suffer from Bush's affliction with his Iran obsession.
The Los Angeles Times reports this morning that Obama's modern warfare model has moved into Africa.
Like CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and Somalia, and the overthrow of Moammar Kadafi's regime in Libya, the U.S. backing of African troops in Somalia is an example of how, after a decade of ground combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama administration is trying to achieve U.S. military goals with minimal risk of American deaths and scant public debate. The U.S. can underwrite the war in Somalia for a relative pittance — the cost over four years has been less than $700 million, a tenth of what the military spends in Afghanistan in a month — but the price tag is growing. … The U.S. is supplying the African forces with surveillance drones, ammunition, small arms, armored personnel carriers, night-vision goggles, communications gear, medical equipment and other sophisticated aid and training.I remain mystified as to why conservative seem completely incapable of understanding the nature of our enemy and acting accordingly.
God help all of us if Romney wins and realizes his dream of war with Iran.