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Krauthammer: ‘Amateur Hour’

“The most astonishing thing is the lack of any urgency.”

by
Rick Moran

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August 31, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Yeah, what he said:

“[T]he most astonishing thing is the lack of any urgency,” Krauthammer said. “As you say, Congress will be back in a week. He says, ‘I can strike in a day or a week or a month,’ as if he is a judge handing down a sentence and the execution can be any time in the future. There is a war going on. Do you think everybody is going to hold their breath, hold their arms, step aside until Obama decides when he wants to go to Congress?

“Look, I think he should go to Congress,” he continued. “I think it is absolutely necessary. But he has done no preparation. What they should have done — I mean, this is sort of amateur hour. When there were the first attacks six months ago or if you like, when we had the current attacks, he should have immediately have called in the Congress the way the prime minister of Britain had called in the parliament, had a debate and got a resolution and then went out and told the world we are going do x or we are not going to do x.”

“But the idea that you make the case, you leak the details, you tell the world that this has to be done and then you say, ‘Well, I will take my time. I’ll go to Congress and we’ll see,’” Krauthammer said. “This should be done in three days. It isn’t as if people are not aware of the arguments. You should go out there, bring them in [and] have it done by the end of the week. And the world, I think, will have higher respect. But this looks as if you are a cynic, meaning if you are sitting Syria, Iran, Moscow, it looks like a president who boxed himself into a corner and is looking for a way out.”

If we hadn’t noticed by now that Obama is a ditherer, we never will. This president mistakes thoroughness with thoughtfulness.

I’m not the first to point out that he is making decisions like a community organizer. He consults with his staff, he calls in experts from the outside, he thinks, he mulls — and then he starts the whole process over again.  And again.

Can you imagine this guy commanding at Trenton? Or D-Day? Reminds me of General McClellan — gets the army ready to fight and then can’t make a decision to commit. It’s almost as if he doesn’t want to come to a decision, that he’s in love with the process and would prefer to continue deliberation for the pure bureaucratic joy of it.

This guy makes Bush look like MacArthur.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Very good article BUT I DON'T WANT ADS FORCED DOWN MY THROAT, YOU IDIOTS especially one after the other nonstop. I am not reading Rick Moran articles ever again. BYE!
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Consult the staff, call the experts. Make a decision. Easy.

The problem is, the only rational case for it thatI can see is the international law about using gas. The problem is, the evidence against Assad is incomplete, at best, and suspect, at worst. The reasoning and rationale after that point, once you ignore the hand waving and shouting, boils down to pettiness, immaturity and childishness.

I'll say it again: If this spins out of control, there are mutual defense treaties to take into account that run in a chain from Syria to Iran, from Iran to Russia, and from Russia to China. If that mutual defense chain coms into lay, even if we win, we're gonna get reamed. Then, there's the thought of Putin as a wartime leader vs Obama as a wartime leader...during a world war.

We need to think very carefully about this one, kids.
46 weeks ago
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Before Obama laid down any "red line" he should have decided on a plan of action if it was crossed. Once he announced the red line, and what would happen if anyone crossed it, he should have been lining up support among our allies, the UN, Congress, and the American people.

Within 48 hours of the red line being crossed, Obama should have given the order to implement his plan, and should have had the full support of at least our Allies, Congress, and a majority of the American public. THat would have been effective and left no doubt of Obama's seriousness and reliability.

Anything else is just amateur foolishness and an irresponsible lack of leadership.
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Obama has been backed into a corner by the blatant crossing of his "red line." It is clear to me that the action he is contemplating is purely to show that he is "doing something." Unless there is proof that Assad (and not the jihadis) did it, a military strategy designed to accomplish something that advances a US security interest, and Obama himself articulates his proof and the long term goal to the American people, then I say let's not do anything that helps the jihadis who are fighting against Assad, certainly not using US military force. I want Obama to come before Congress and make the same points Bush did when he obtained Congressional approval for the Iraq invasion: proof of WMD, regime change, the whole 9 yards. Otherwise, not worth it.
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While the Congressional debate is ongoing, and after the resolution is voted down, I hope, just for one fleeting moment, Obama and some of the leading Democrats, not to mention the folks at Moveon.org and MSNBC, might reflect how things could have been different if they hadn't taken every last opportunity presented to them to bash, castigate, ridicule and defame Republicans and conservatives, on every issue, since they first arrived in Washington. On how, sometimes, national unity is an important asset that cannot be created in a speech or a presser or two, three days before action is needed, but rather must be preserved all through the political process against the day when critical national issues hang by a Congressional vote too close to call.

Nah, they'll blame it all on the Republicans.
46 weeks ago
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Hey Reggie, our golf date is still on. I passed the buck to congress. Please wear that cute pink shirt I like.
46 weeks ago
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Charles Krauthammer's experience as a practicing psychiatrist makes him more able to explain Obama than any other pundit. When Obama completely loses his tenuous grasp on reality no one will be able to guide us through the breakdown with more authority.
46 weeks ago
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I disagree. Obama makes decisions quickly and ruthlessly. He decided long ago to pass on this. Syria is just a way to get attention on him and distractions instead of the scandals.
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it seems pretty clear to me that the American public will be perfectly satisfied to let the Syrians continue to kill each other and not have American kids stepping into the fight with predictable results. Yes, the faux moralizers on the left will wring their hands and gnash their teeth, but their real aim is to delegitimize both our military and America.

However, for Commander Zero this is a brilliant political move. Why? Because if the Congress votes "no" he gets to do nothing [his preferred option] and blame the GOP for whatever happens afterwards, no matter how many Dems vote no. If the Congress votes "yes" he can continue to dither for a bit, blame the GOP for whatever happens as a result of taking action, and get the slimestream media to run propaganda releases for him. In effect, Commander Zero is, once again, voting "present."
46 weeks ago
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Yup, heads Obama wins, tails the Republicans lose.
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Obama is without honor, wisdom, integrity, job-worthiness. How can such a person be expected to make a decision as important as committing military action ? His moral handicap keeps soaring !!
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