President Obama raised eyebrows at the G-20 Summit in Turkey when he said, "I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership, or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with."
The liberal website Talking Points Memo tried to defend Obama's comments by expanding them, but in the process only made him look worse:
What I do not do is to take actions either because it is going to work politically or it is going to somehow in the abstract make America look tough. Or make me look tough.
And maybe part of the reason is because every few months I go to Walter Reed and I see a 25 year old kid who is paralyzed or who has lost his limbs and some of those are people I've ordered into battle.