Barack Obama has just shown he can kick ass in foreign policy, bringing down the first allied leader who tried to stand up against Washington pressure since the president took office.
This gives lie to Obama’s claim that he shouldn’t get mad at BP because it would accomplish nothing. He gave the same rationale for his non-action against the banksters too. He played a major role in forcing the resignation of Japanese prime minster and did so by calculated political action and icy tactics. So, he can play hardball.
But not against Wall Street or BP.