US foreign policy transcends administrations. Presidents aren't in charge of it.
but most of its rise is from continuing drone strikes and selective use of the coin strategy.the coin strategy enable us to leave iraq,and bush didnt use it til later towards the end.obama used it at first but later only used it for ground troops but blatently ignored it for drone strikes.
since vietnam insurgency fighting has been a major issue,since iraq and afghanistan,insurgency has been the primary way of fighting,killing enemies doesnt weaken an insurgency by itself,and improperly executed strengthens the enemy,they hide among the population as a shield,knowing civilians will die to kill them,then they use propoganda to show us as evil and get more recruits than they lost.
we had a good coin strategy by gen petraeus that worked great,only sad that after its success it was abandoned to repeat the strategies that failed since vietnam.
“You can lead a horse to water, but it is probably crowded with all those people you taught to fish.”
In seriousness, as the phrase goes, "the buck stops here". If he's going to take credit for killing UBL, when it was a decade long process to track him down, then it's only fair he gets blamed for the deteriorating situations in the ME.. even if all he did was stand back and watch it implode.