The president leaned heavily on his foreign policy and national security credentials throughout his re-election bid, touting his decision to green-light the bold raid into Pakistan that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and what he says is the drone campaign’s weakening of al-Qaida.
And he did not run away from his plans to create a leaner, meaner military.
Blame the hippies and their fondness for "peace and love," the rudeness of some anti-war protestors to veterans after Vietnam, blame the concept that Ronald Reagan won the cold war, or just call it a cultural gap. After the swift-boating of a real veteran like Kerry it just seemed like military credentials were a big soft spot for Democratic politicians.
And there are a lot of Americans who like having the most guns, or who are scared of the wider world, or who have ties to the military.
So, it seems like Obama's policy in this area has been to leave no room for doubt. And, you know, he's done it. No one can doubt the president's willingness to use force, or his understanding of post-modern warfare.
We can trim the military, but keep what we have lean and mean. Oh so mean.
Well, no one ever said war was nice. But is this war anymore? It feels like just knocking off people we don't like. And Bin Laden is dead so what are we doing now? Oh right: secrecy.
I know I'm having a bad day when Rand Paul starts sounding sane.