That is correct; I do not think Syria is a proxy war. Obama made an explicit statement to that effect in October.
Much to the consternation of the Russians, Obama established a 'missile shield' in Romania and Poland. Of late, he deployed thousands of troops to Poland.
An observation entirely consistent with my assertion above.
This remains to be seen.
"But with Obama’s blessing, the Senate, through its Finance Committee, took a different tack, and became the fulcrum for a potential grand bargain on health reform. Chairman Max Baucus, in the spring of 2009, signaled his desire to find a bipartisan compromise, working especially closely with Grassley, his dear friend and Republican counterpart, who had been deeply involved in crafting the Republican alternative to Clintoncare. Baucus and Grassley convened an informal group of three Democrats and three Republicans on the committee, which became known as the “Gang of Six.” They covered the parties’ ideological bases; the other GOPers were conservative Mike Enzi of Wyoming and moderate Olympia Snowe of Maine, and the Democrats were liberal Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and moderate Kent Conrad of North Dakota.
Baucus very deliberately started the talks with a template that was the core of the 1993-4 Republican plan, built around an individual mandate and exchanges with private insurers—much to the chagrin of many Democrats and liberals who wanted, if not a single-payer system, at least one with a public insurance option."
"Singular figure" is hardly aggrandizing. Hitler was a 'singular figure' as well, for example.
We are normalizing relations with Cuba. This is part of that process.
Gitmo should never have been established, and is a continuing stain on the US. Its detainees should have their status changed to either POWs or criminals, and they should be treated accordingly. Either way, Gitmo should close.