It may be a mistake to overestimate Obama's presidency and it's capability or willingness to project power. Americans are concerned with looming deficits and debt, we wonder if this president is capable and economically competent to generate genuine responses or will merely procrastinate and pursue a ploitically safe process like "No-Boots" on the ground Clinton and if that policy will make us even more vulnerable to terrorism. It is easy for Obama to threaten to withhold assistance or turn his back on an Ally if he hasn't the stock to do so anyway.
Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits central Iran (Reuters)
from the article: Netanyahu endangering Israel's security