As I predicted he would, Obama has won overwhelmingly. As I argued, this was the best possible outcome for America – Obama understands the importance of investing heavily in renewable energy and new infrastructure, and would withdraw from the financially ruinous Iraq adventure. Just by his election, he has bolstered America’s battered image around the world.
The margin of his victory also gives him latitude to decisively sway the course of American policy, domestically and internationally – although in practice this latitude is greatly constrained by financial and institutional realities.
But do not expect change on all fronts. His two main Russia advisors are Russophobes – McFaul, champion of the Russian “authoritarianism” dogma, and Brzezinski, high priest of the Promethean Project to weaken, encircle and break up Russia. A tough Russia policy will deflect conservative attention from his domestic ambitions.
So it’s important to look at things realistically – do not expect too much change from Obama on Russia. Though it’s OK to hope otherwise. 🙂