Time for an intra-Atlantic link-fest! Ambinder reports:
In private, Obama likens himself to Reagan, according to some of his friends. He believes that the very act of Americans choosing to elect him would amount to the biggest foreign policy advance of the past 20 years, would immediately change the way, say, a young boy in Lahore views this country, would crush the propaganda gains of radical Islam since the end of the first Gulf War, would heal the scar that serves as a reminder of America’s original sin (slavery), would directly engage the mass Muslim world in a way that no one who voted for oil or empire could, and … you get the idea.
Ross says “this is ridiculous and overblown and self-serving, but … it isn’t totally wrong.” Be that as it may, I don’t see what about this would resemble Reagan. I think most foreigners greeted Reagan’s election with alarm that it would lead to nuclear war.