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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 6:41 pm

One of the worst things that can happen to a world leader is to lose credibility — a lack of trust. President Barack Obama has earned his loss of credibility, both at home and in the world. He has failed in his leadership role.

Because of his indecision at times, not living up to his words or promises, easily swayed by other leaders who do not have the same interests and values of the United States, President Obama is viewed as being weak, too inexperienced for the job, and a leader who can’t be trusted.

The image of this country has been damaged because of President Obama.

The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger wrote that the diplomatic world “was agog” at the refusal of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah to accept a seat on the U.N. Security Council. “The Saudis have decided that the United States no longer is a reliable partner in the Middle East.” The Saudi king watched as President Obama’s red line over Syria’s use of chemical weapons “disappear into an about-face deal” with Russia’s Putin, Henninger wrote. Russia has been supporting Assad. Then President Obama’s phone call to Iran’s leader in chasing a nuclear weapons deal added to the loss of credibility since Iran is Assad of Syria’s chief banker and armorer. The call was made without informing Saudi leaders, who supported the rebels in Syria early on. The Saudis now have distanced themselves from the United States.

Because of the lack of trust with President Obama’s commitments, his dealings with Congress have hit the bottom. Henninger wrote: “Bluntly, Mr. Obama’s partners are concluding that they cannot do business with him. They don’t trust him. Whether it’s the Saudis, the Syrian rebels, the French, the Iraqis, the unpivoted Asians or congressional Republicans, they’ve all had their fill of coming up on the short end with so mercurial a U.S. president.”

Then there is the mess with ObamaCare. Right now it’s a disaster. Can it be fixed? President Obama’s own party members now doubt it. The management of ObamaCare has failed. The buck stops at the desk of the president.

/opinion

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