Americans are increasingly disillusioned with how President Barack Obama is handling foreign policy.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, released Wednesday, found the percentage of Americans approving of Obama’s handling of international affairs has declined to the lowest level of his presidency. The poll found 57 percent disapprove of his foreign policy, and only 37 percent approve. The survey was taken before the latest round of setbacks for the U.S.-backed government of Iraq in its battle with Sunni insurgents, so Obama’s rating at this moment could be even worse than the poll suggests.
The list of foreign policy setbacks for Obama is substantial. Many Americans are disappointed with his handling of crises in Syria and Ukraine, the failure of Middle East peacemaking, and the recent swap of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, being held by the Taliban, in exchange for five Taliban detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay.
The Iraqi government in Baghdad has asked the United States to provide assistance in the form of air power against the insurgents, and Obama is considering what to do next. Other options include the use of U.S. Special Forces and added help with intelligence and surveillance.
In the aftermath of the nine-year-long war in Iraq, which ended in 2011, Americans don't want the United States to get into a war there again. That's very clear from the polls, and on that score Obama is doing what most Americans want when he says he won't send combat troops to intervene.