Nightly News   |  September 01, 2013

The Aftermath of Obama’s Syrian reversal

President Obama’s switch on Syria may help his image at home, but it hurts him abroad. NBC’S Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>>> andrea, with assad feeling emboldened and the rebels feeling abandoned, does the president's reversal weaken him in the u.s. going forward?

>> reporter: well, carl, it helps him at home. i think it helps him domestically, but certainly makes him look weaker abroad. look, after sending the secretary of state out to deliver that passionate rationale for military action , then deciding to give congress a vote, against the advice of his own political and national security team, there is a risk the president will be whipsawed between those in congress who want to limit the air strikes and limit the extent of them and others who want to make them stronger, john mccain , for instance. off divided congress with a divided country. the new nbc news poll show half don't want a military strike and nearly eight in ten did want congress to vote. overshadowing this debate, the mistakes made in iraq. the white house is arguing this time, the evidence of chemicals is solid, but what is not clear to critics and congress is whether limited strike would make the situation better or worse. tonight, the arab league is meeting again. the saud dispushing for a vote to support military action . the president's reversal has clearly further damaged the perception of him as a divisive leader abroad.