Obama's politically lethal credibility problem

The nation is quickly losing faith in the president's ability to fight ISIS. And that will hardly be the end of it.

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President Obama has a very clear credibility problem on ISIS, Iraq, and Syria. And he's in danger of extending his credibility deficit to every aspect of his presidency.

The credibility issue on ISIS goes back months, and arguably years. In 2011, Obama claimed credit for keeping his 2008 campaign pledge by pulling all American troops out of Iraq, even though military and intelligence advisers warned that the "zero option" could destabilize the country and allow for a resurgence of terrorism. Instead, Obama pronounced Iraq a "strong and stable ally" while claiming to have "ended the war in Iraq."

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