Columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that remarks made by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in multiple interviews were “utterly devastating” to President Obama on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel.
“What he [Panetta] said, the content of what he said, even though the tone was measured and restrained, was utterly devastating. He was basically saying this president cannot lead. He is indecisive and he is weak” Krauthammer declared.
He added “what was so interesting is, it wasn’t even in the discussion that Iraq or Afghanistan, but this won’t even be reported, but the thing he said about Ukraine where he just sort of he laid out what should be done…and he said this just outright, you said, ‘why doesn’t he do it?’ He had absolutely no answer.”
Krauthammer concluded “it’s not just indecisiveness and how tentative Obama is, but it’s also how political he is. Remember when Gates, Bob Gates wrote his book, he talked about how the decision-making about the surge in Afghanistan and then leaving in Afghanistan was essentially dictated by the political types in the white house, and you get the same thing in the Panetta book about Iraq. He knew we had to leave troops in Iraq. It is one of the worst decisions ever made by this president.” And “it was the political nature of that [the withdrawal from Iraq] that, I think, is the biggest indictment of Obama, where he put the White House concerns about the political partisan fortunes of the president above the national security of the country.”
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