Obama has certainly got his teeth into the gritty foreign policy thing, which all feels rather more real-world than the 'hopey-changey' thing. He is being roared on by, well, almost everyone; and his coalition-building is on a par with that of George Bush Snr 1990-91, which is saying something. (It can have its downsides: I well recall the chaos of trying to 'coordinate' an Egyptian armoured column in the attack on Saddam's forces in Kuwait ... a story for another time).
This coalition apparently even includes warplanes from Denmark and Holland, as well as Oz and France, which is beginning to make the UK look like a real laggard. Step forward Ed Miliband, whose duplicitous dealings with Dave last time around seem to be the cause. If Mili is in an uncomfortable position, with several of his MPs beholden to Moslem voters, well, there's a thing. He should note the actions of the aforesaid Danes and Dutch, who have their own very pressing problems in that regard. The invitation, Ed, is to stand up and be counted. Sorry about your Conference and that.
Interesting and significant, isn't it, that Obama used his pulpit to berate Putin again. This is really baiting the man: I know you have a Security Council veto, but you're going to hear this anyway. This may be very finely judged, or it may backfire, particularly in the longer term: but it wins a bunch of friends across Eastern Europe.
I wonder if he is going to take the Chinese up on their offer of a few weeks ago ?
Meanwhile, back in his Caledonian fastness, Alex Salmond would like it to be understood that everything's jolly unfair ...