- - Thursday, September 19, 2013

While Mr. Obama’s job-approval polls on the economy are at new lows, his job-approval numbers on protecting us from international terrorism and military threats have also fallen sharply in the past year. The Gallup Poll now says that 45 percent of Americans “believe the Republican Party is better on protecting the country,” but only 39 percent think the Democrats are. Notably, the poll was taken when Mr. Obama was trying to rally public approval for a missile strike against Syria.

Now he is trying to persuade us that we can negotiate in good faith with Mr. Assad, who still denies he used chemical weapons on his own people. The clear evidence produced by the United Nations weapons inspectors shows the missiles that landed in the residential Damascus neighborhoods had Iranian-built launching systems. Others had Russian lettering on their shell parts. All of these weapons were known to be tightly controlled by Syrian military forces.

Now Mr. Obama has turned over all responsibility to the negotiators and essentially washed his hands of the entire affair, while the slaughter in Syria continues unabated.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.