Danniel Finkelstein, writing in The Times today (£) correctly identifies President Obama as an apparent ditherer, noting that he waited on Libya until almost too late, and then almost too soon took the almost unprecedented step of withdrawing US troops from a NATO operation. Obama has also failed to front up on anything international, pretty much. Danny the Fink says that American foreign policy has been like this in the past, notably in the decade after the Vietnam defeat, but does not say whether he thinks this is a good thing. He does say that if FDR had lived a bit longer the end of the Second World War might have been different, and refers to President Harding at the end of the First World War, pledging America to "nationality" not "internationality", which they might have got later too. His conclusion however is that Obama might have understood perfectly well that he was not performing as the leader of the free world, for the very good reason that he does not want that role. I think this is utter bollocks. It's not about "leadership", whatever that really means, but about power. And the US is indisputably the most powerful nation on earth. For now, OK, for now. But it is. And with power goes responsibility.
In the words of the great Lenny (Cohen) "There's a mighty judgment coming, but I could be wrong".