Dick Erixon — I hjärtat rebell: "Västledare måste ta världen som den är. Och agera på ett sätt som skapar respekt, ja, varför inte lite rädsla hos diktatorerna om att de kommer att bombas imorgon."
The problem with this idea is that what seems to impress the dictators is China's economical marvel and not America's military machine. The Iraq war and now the Afghanistan situation have demonstrated that the $500bn a year juggernaut does not really deliver. What people around the globe see is that you can make money without the trouble of democracy.
Speaking about which, if Obama now chooses to go against his people and his party and scale up the Afghanistan debacle it will become clear that he is not really in charge and democracy will get a beating far surpassing whatever fright he might install in the otherwise pitiful Talibans.
As I see it right now, our Nobel Peace Prize winner have one good chance right now and that is following the gut feeling of his people.