FDR glossed over the coup attempt against him. We continue to go along to get along, decades later, with some hope that good will just prevail over evil on its own accord.
They will not stop until they feel some pain. And if we had been more forceful in the past, we would have some creds. Taking things off the table and always looking forward means we keep fighting the same fights.
I don't think Obama shares your sentiments. But Obama's not the only one who can act to stop the thuggery.