Charles Krauthammer isn’t one to pull punches.
“I think it’s worse than a political act to announce the leaving – it’s kind of an act of personal narcissism,” Krauthammer said tonight on Fox News’ “Special Report.”
Krauthammer was reacting to President Obama’s decision to publicly announce the United States’ troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. That decision was also blasted by Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), and Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.). The Republican Senators expressed their digest for Obama’s “disastrous” public confession of America’s military strategy in a letter:
The president came into office wanting to end the wars he inherited. But wars do not end just because politicians say so. The president appears to have learned nothing from the damage done by his previous withdrawal announcements in Afghanistan and his disastrous decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq. Today’s announcement will embolden our enemies and discourage our partners in Afghanistan and the region. And regardless of anything the president says tomorrow at West Point, his decision on Afghanistan will fuel the growing perception worldwide that America is unreliable, distracted, and unwilling to lead.
Krauthammer echoed this sentiment and accused Team Obama of politicizing America’s foreign policy positions in an unprecedented fashion. “I mean, is that how we’re now setting the strategy of the United States of America – a war zone where so many have died and so much treasure and blood has been spent so a president can leave office looking good?” he asked.
Yes, Charles. Sadly, it is.
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