...Other American officials have noted bluntly that without the Saudi tip-off, the bombs would likely have found their way aboard cargo flights bound for Chicago - and potentially detonated midair.
This visit that also takes Obama to South Korea, Japan and Indonesia, the largest Muslim country where he grew up, is about the US economic interests.
In the end, is Obama not the antithesis of George W. Bush, or perhaps both — in their own way — were doomed to see their visions quickly turned into a means of mocking them?
Where’s the change that compelled the world to change its view of America, after the endless shock and shame of the Bush years?
Polling shows that the economy was the overwhelming issue for the voters and his failure to deliver growth despite the billions spent the reason why so many turned against him.
US voters, however, are less interested in foreign policy than domestic issues. Unemployment is high; the US economy, despite recent encouraging figures, continues to struggle; Obama took a hit over the huge BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and health-care reform.
The brutal fact is that the number of civilian deaths, as the WikiLeaks documents reveal, was five times larger than was first announced.
If a president like Obama — who once enjoyed such a massive national and international mandate — could succumb to a right-wing Israeli prime minister, then why should others even try?
It cannot be happy that a government which the US has installed and 94,000 American soldiers are supporting at vast expense to the US taxpayer is on the payroll of its archenemy. Yet it says nothing.