On last night’s “Special Report,” syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer called President Obama’s foreign policy address at West Point an “act of personal narcissism.”
On tonight’s addition of “Special Report,” Krauthammer doubled down saying O’s address was “literally pointless” and said it was “weak and defensive” and said it was small of Obama to use that platform to address his critics.
“I think the speech was literally pointless. It was a defensive speech. It was an answer to the chorus of criticism, even from his side of the aisle, that it’s been a weak, leaderless, rudderless foreign policy, which it has been … He set out this ridiculous contrast between extreme isolationism on the one hand and almost a caricature of intervention on the other … There’s not a person in American who’s asking for boots on the ground in Syria or in Ukraine … I think it was a very weak and defensive speech and there was no response from any of the cadets. It was quiet as a mouse.”
The Weekly Standard‘s Steve Hayes also said Obama’s empty criticism of President George W. Bush’s policies were a sign he “doesn’t really know what he’s doing.”
“He doesn’t have a clear foreign policy vision,” Hayes said. “The best way to define himself is to define himself in opposition to those who have criticized him. The problem with this speech was it was an attempt to retroactively impose some kind of doctrine on the chaos we’ve lived through over the past five-and-a-half years. It’s been an inconsistent, incoherent, sloppy foreign policy for five-and-a-half years with no apparent vision from the Commander-in-Chief, from the President of the United States.”
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