Is Obama a "war president"?

Despite defining moments that include the NATO-led air assault on Libya, the decision to increase troop strength in Afghanistan and the daring special forces raid that killed Bin Laden, Obama and his advisers still appear almost resigned to the fact that it will be the economy, not his national security record, that defines his presidency and his fight for reelection.

“The big picture with President Obama is that he demonstrates that a civilian without military experience can be an exceptional commander-in-chief,” said former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Democrat who served on the 9/11 Commission…

With all the obligatory caveats about not wanting to repeat George W. Bush’s triumphalist landing on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, some members of Obama’s party express frustration that the president doesn’t get more credit for a defense record that makes even some neoconservative Republicans nod with approval…

At the very least, Obama backers say, the end of the stalemate in Libya and Qadhafi’s apparent defeat should defang Republican attacks on the president for “leading from behind” in the conflict.