John Kerry, without uttering exactly the right words, inasmuchas implicated Obama in micro-managing foreign policy yesterday. In 2013, in response to Assad's attacks on Syrian civilians with chemical weapons, Kerry wanted authorization to carry out attacks. Obama and Harry Reid arranged for a vote on a pandering, watered-down, closed-ended retaliation . . . limited to 60 days, and extendable to a maximum of 90 days of military support, with no ground troops. Being asked to put an end date on a mission of that type, Congress immediately indicated this was an ineffective and therefore unacceptable way to carry out the mission, so the vote was never brought to the floor. This short-sighted approach and resultant inaction has expanded the exodus of refugees from Syria, providing crowd cover to terrorists moving across international borders, and endangering the rest of the world. Obama should simply have requested authorization without limits on time or the discretion needed by our military leaders - the experts in that field - in the engagement of Assad's troops. Instead, we got inaction . . . and an increased terrorist threat. What other politically expedient decisions have been made at great peril to innocents, both abroad, and here in America? The release of unrepentant terrorists from Guantanamo, for one.