Stumbled on this soundbite* yesterday:
Some argue that American credibility is on the line, that because President Obama drew a red line with chemical weapons, America must act or lose credibility. I would argue that America's credibility does not reside in one man. If our enemies wish to know if America will defend herself, let them look no farther than our response to 9/11. When attacked, we responded with overwhelming force and with the military objective of complete victory over our attackers.Credibility is not something that a man or a nation could assign to themselves, Senator. Credibility is in the eyes of the beholder, and the beholder is not an American citizen or even the American nation. It is the other people and the other nations who are to judge the credibility, and I cannot say that your current administration has done any good to it, no sir. Credibility of USA is at its lowest point in too many years to count, and it will take many years to restore it. And not only because of this ridiculous red line your president drew so impetuously.
As a side issue: why is that in that family of inordinate thinkers, with whom I could easily agree on so many matters, every time that one of its members starts talking international politics, I have a feeling that the said member has just left a cave where he was spending the last ten (twenty) years? Beats me.
(*) If you want to watch the clip yourself, be prepared to endure 30 seconds of ads followed by 10 seconds of that speech, which is essentially in the quote above.