Republicans prepare to accuse President Obama of being soft on national security. He could anticipate the thrust by keeping the same policies while toughening his rhetoric. I'm sure I'm not the only moderate who thinks he's on the right track so far with Iran and who worries about an open-ended commitment of ground forces in Afghanistan. But I've heard more than enough apologies and let's-be-friends speeches. Solicitous appeals to foreign audiences don't help him, us, or indeed them.
It would also be wise for him to crow about the progress U.S. forces, and policy, have made in Iraq. You say he was against it? So what? He's President now, and he sees the world differently. You would, too. Besides, he doesn't need to worry about losing the left.