“Where we can make a difference using all the tools we’ve got in the toolkit, well, we should do so. And if there are occasions where targeted, clear actions can be taken that would make a difference, then we should take them. We don’t do them because somebody sitting in an office in Washington or New York thinks it would look strong. That’s not how we make foreign policy.”Not exactly. As apparently he lets PNAC factions and Victoria Nuland try to instigate another war and then reacts to it. (Sort of like Rove's comment about how some factions are instigating history while others are merely documenting, observing and reacting to it. The same pattern holds now, given that the same ruling class is still running America's criminal bureaucracy. Criminal relative to the Constitution... that is dead and irrelevant at this point.)
In the case of Obama, apparently he reacts to whatever he reads in the Media Inc. about what his own government is doing... whenever he's not busy entertaining dumb goy on the late shows. Ideally, we could have presidents that were more than entertainers. But in fact, we haven't had one in a while... although some do try to cut their strings and act like a leader sometimes.