What does Bradley Burston mean "before it starts" It started long ago! To think of the war in Gaza in 2010 as something new is disjointed thinking. But to answer the question, No! Obama cannot stop this war. However polished his rhetoric might be, his prosecuition of other wars in Asia give him the lie. That is where Netanyahu has him over a barrel.
Obama to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah in White House later this month (Reuters)
from the article: Israel's looming war in Gaza: Can Obama stop it before it starts?