Obama has ruined his foreign policy credibility

The president who got bin Laden has spent the last year stumbling and sputtering on Syria

Barack Obama
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President Obama faces a highly skeptical public and Congress this week — and potential humiliation on a historic scale as well. The Senate will vote whether to grant Obama authorization to drop bombs and cruise missiles on Syria as a consequence of the country's use of chemical weapons, and the House will take up the question next week, assuming the Senate passes its bill. That remains a very large assumption, and Obama faces what essentially amounts to an American vote of no confidence on foreign policy that would be unparalleled in our nation's history.

For this, the president has no one but himself to blame. A year ago, Obama drew a red line on a whim, and has repeatedly failed to prepare the nation and the global community for its consequences. As a result, Obama is isolated at home and abroad.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for HotAir.com. His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.