Originally Posted by Amnorix
Well, haters are gonna hate, so no, that wasn't realistic. I think just like in any other situation there is a vast swath of middle of the roaders and undecideds who I think many hoped might be swayed by a dramatically different voice in the White House. That isn't why I voted for Obama (in '08), but it certainly couldn't hurt.
I'd like more insight as to the reasons behind this fall. I suspect that many in the area and its neighbors are somewhat irrationally holding Syria against us. Seemingly, we're often damned if we do and damned if we don't. Leaving Iraq and Afghanistan is also something that needed to happen, but as security has degraded I'm sure that gets held against us too. They hate us when they're there, but then when they leave and things suck worse, they blame us for abandoning them. Pakistanis probably had more reason to like Bush than Obama, but not for reasons that are necessarily good for the US.
I don't have much evidence to support the thoughts I've expressed above, but just based on typical human psychology I'd expect they are largely true.
Yeah, but what about the bias?
I agree that there certainly was just a tad too much "hope" being floated around with Obama, not to mention more than a little arrogance.
Thanks for your opinion on the matter.