So your short answer is: "No."?Not in the short run. It is not his fault. He inherited the dodo from Bush. The roots are so deep after so long .... how can US just pull out? Not without a blood bath. The two main islamic fundamental groups are not going to be friends with each other in Iraq. Iran on the side along with a few other neighbouring countries are eyeing the oil. Irag is sitting on 30% of the oil to come out of middle east. It's not just US is looking at that oil all these time...alot are.
The US people are tired and all they want is to get all their sons and daughters out... they are too tired of the whole media circus all these days. So the so call "surge" and the so called victory and death of Saddam is wearing thin. So even if there is a blood bath..they just don't want it to be from another American soldier.
So can he get the total redrawal? no way. To be diplomatic and not risk a blood bath that might taint his chance for a second term...he will dance around it and yes I am sure he will have to try to be seen doing something about it. He is trying to divert attention back to Afghanistan...and that mean adding troops not taking back. Historical, the middle east is a hot bed of religious problems and what have you. Once you dip your hand into it...you are part of it like it or not. Terrorism is here to stay. Once time was just confine to just the middle east..but it has broken containment..it is now world wide. It is totally out of control...so what you want to do now? What is Obama going to do? It is not just about him but how about the other countries and govt agencies? Pandora Box is open.
It will take not oly a clever but a very brave man to control the situation now. It is not a role for the meek. That is the only way. It is not about us, the people of the world to stop this as we are the the one with the fanatical bent. And even those who can, they are not going to as it will mean ripping into their own belief system too. Just look at it this way, some dutch press make some caricature of the prophet..and what happens? Millions of dollar in damage to building..etc and what was it?...50 people would killed over it. And even the not extreme religious zealots was up in arms. But when the 911 took place .... and when it was found it was done by some radical islamic group...notice how quiet it was with the outcry. Their belief system was put in jeopardyb worst then the caricature...but how much protest, burning of building or people was killed? Nada!!!. Zip. Zero. I can name you even more example but you get the picture. In any case this is not something exclusive to islamic extremist.. it happens with other popular religious groups too. Google it. Open the mind.
So....can Obama really save the day? No...not even with two terms in office but I think he would be able to come up with better ways to contain the situation I would think but as I say he has to make very realistic and very unpopular decision to get that to happen. It will involve blood spilling. Well that is how I see it lah.
How you think Saddam managed to keep control over everyone in Iraq. It is with an iron fist. We might hate him for it but the problem was contained within his own country. Sure he has wars with his neighbours every so often but that is historical. So when you take him out of the picture...all the problems he bottle up comes out to the front. The USA and world use humanitarian methods to solve their problems. Sure it help to keep the GOOD citizen to see others using humane means to solve problem but the radical are not.. they are still using violent and religion to get their way. How you want to kill that if you don't want to fight fire with fire? Complicated and alot of headache over there.
AND it is with all these distraction with the war on terrorism that everyone in the US while caught with their pants down when they found out their own corporations are deceiving them and rack in too much money for themselves, banking regulations are not followed, false declaration of earning...etc. The list is still continuing to come forth and spread out to the rest of the worst where it effect other greedy corporations and CEOs. And...here we are today....heheh...