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Fate of Obama's second term hinges on Tuesday Syria speech

The fate of President Obama’s second term hangs on his Tuesday speech to the nation about Syria.

If Congress votes against a military attack on President Bashar Assad’s regime, Obama’s credibility may be shot, perhaps for the rest of his tenure. At a minimum, it would cement the idea that he is weak in Washington, let alone worldwide.

Ever since his surprising announcement on Aug. 31 that he would seek Capitol Hill’s approval for a strike on Syria, votes have piled up against the idea, especially in the House.

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