Thoughts on the group (in order that the games are played):
Ghana - mental block game. The U.S. has to win this one - a draw won't do. They're capable of it, they just need to play a full 90 minutes instead of the maybe 30 they played in 2010.
Portugal - they have some Cristiano Ronaldo guy, and ................ well, they've got Ronaldo. They also struggled to get out of a group with Israel (they drew twice; were down 3-1 in one game and needed a goal 3' into extra tie to draw) and Northern Ireland (drew one game, they trailed for about half of it; were down 2-1 in the 2nd half in another before Ronaldo ripped off a hat trick) and had fits in one game vs. Luxembourg (128th-ranked). 2 games vs. Sweden, he had all 4 goals; that should tell you how reliant Portugal is on him. If the Americans can shut him down, I think they can take this - but it's going to require outstanding defensive play.
Germany - you know they're going to be tough. Yes, our 1/2 squad beat their 2/3 squad ... but our #1 team wouldn't beat their #1 team on the vast majority of days. That's a "learning experience" game, you take whatever result you get.
If we can get out of the group, then it starts to look promising for a bit. Assuming we'd finish 2nd in the group, then the Round of 16 game is against the Group H winner (Belgium, Russia, South Korea, Algeria). I'd rather have Belgium than Russia in that scenario. The quarterfinal would be vs. the winner of Group F 2nd / Group E 1st; since Argentina is unlikely to be 2nd out of F, it probably means the winner of Bosnia / (France/Switzerland/Ecuador). That's quite winnable, especially since we beat Bosnia with less than our full team. Then you're in the semifinals ... and it's probably one of Spain, Netherlands, Italy, or Uruguay. But, you're guaranteed 2 games - and even if we lose both, that's still farther than we've gone since 1930.
It could be worse. We could have landed up in B with Spain, Netherlands and Chile. We could have also landed in D with Italy, Uruguay and England (such that England is a threat). If we think we're good enough to go compete with the world's best, this is an outstanding way to find out early on.
I'm not saying some things the WIAA does are wrong, ... I'm just saying, "I find it weird."