The fear that Obama has grown a spine is greatly exaggerated, though Netanyahu’s pretend "furious" reaction surely is designed to make Obama look and maybe feel tougher than he is.
It occurred to me that a lot of what's happening in the Mideast lately, such as the reports of Syrian soldiers gunning down peaceful protesters, and Obama's support of the "democratic uprising" (partly a reaction to his economic policies) is intended to make Obama look like an American President. Another example is what's happening to Libya, the target of which appears to be the portion of mankind within Libya's borders. Ghaddawful is ostensibly the target, but he has the characteristic ability to evade being captured or killed typical of the enemies we need as an excuse to bomb a country to smithereens. Meanwhile, his complementary slaughter of "his own" people helps to make Obummer look better.