Krauthammer: Gates Book Revelations 'an Indictment' that Rises Above Everything Else Obama Has Done

On Tuesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer reacts to the revelations in the forthcoming book “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates that President Barack Obama wasn’t fully engaged in the Afghanistan war, despite escalating troop levels in that theater.

“That last statement was made about a meeting that occurred on the third of March 2010,” Krauthammer said. “That’s three months after Obama announced the surge in Afghanistan. So think about this -- you’re the secretary of defense. The president is sending 30,000 more troops into battle, and three months later, the secretary of defense realizes that Obama doesn't believe in the surge or believe in the war or believe in his own actions. He doesn't believe in [Gen. David] Petraeus. He hates Karzai. He thinks the war isn't his. How can a commander-in-chief in good conscience do that?”

“I remember saying here on the night of the president's speech in which he announced the surge and immediately announced the withdrawal, and then for the four years ever since, he never spoke to explain to the American people why the war, why the surge was important,” he continued. “He now has the lowest public approval of any war in modern history because it had no leadership. But I think this is a shocking revelation. I assumed that he didn't believe in this war from his own actions. But here's from somebody sitting with the president three months in. And I do think this is an indictment of the president that rises above everything else he's done in his presidency.”

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