It is now clear that Obama is attempting something quite ambitious – to reorient American foreign policy toward something less extrafagant and adversarial. … narrowing the war on terror; scaling back the conflict with the Islamic world to those groups and countries that pose serious, direct threats to America; and reaching out to the rest.
Obama is searching for a post-imperial policy in the midst of an imperial crisis.
staying focused on the large objetives of peace and stability, by maintaining our vision of an open, free world, [so that we can] help sustain positive trends in the world that are broad and deep and lasting.
In my opinion, that’s the way to do it. The Bush-era crusades, aside from playing into the hands of terrorists by plunging other nations into monstrous civil wars, promoting wholesale slaughter of the innocent, and cementing the image of America as the "Great Satan", must be laid aside – but there’s no reason for America to just lay down and die. There are positive aspirations in the world that are "broad and deep and lasting", and those should be our focus when looking abroad.
Heaven knows what the future will bring! Valete.