Let me whisk you to 1980 on one of Obama's miracle drones.
In the right-center we had incumbent President Jimmy Carter, derided as a man of peace, el wimpo.
True, his top foreign policy man was an unreconstructed Polish Cold War warrior burning to bring the Soviet Union to its knees. True, the two had launched the largest covert operation in the CIA's history — $3.5 billion - against the Soviets in Afghanistan.
True, he was financing Argentinian torturers to impart their skills to the Nicaraguan contras.
True, his out-year military budgets actually outstripped those of his opponent.
On the far right was Ronald Reagan. His candidacy crowning almost a decade's worth of propaganda for the New Cold War from outfits such as Paul Nitze's Committee on the Present Danger. Nitze used to go on speaking tours with a rack of missiles. On one side were America's trim little intercontinental ballistic missiles. On the other, was their mighty, albeit technically somewhat backward, Soviet counterparts.
The Reaganites derided all treaties as traps, depicting Uncle Sam as, in military terms, down to his underwear, with a peashooter in his holster. Every Pentagon wish received a cordial welcome.
Here we are today. On our center-right, Obama, derided as a man of peace, el wimpo, though his relations with the Pentagon have been intimate and he himself ductile to their demands.
True, he's been waging war on ... how many fronts? Five, six, with probably more on a covert, semi-privatized basis. True, he has given the finger to all positive developments in Latin America and presided over a bloody coup in Central America.
True, he has been Israel's serf and hast humped the drum against China and Russia.
True, his secretary of state has been a fountain of bellicose bully-swaggering.
And on the far right here's Romney. The Pentagon auctioneers await the next bid. Up goes ...