Krauthammer: Obama's Syria Policy 'Amateur Hour'

Sunday, 01 Sep 2013 10:01 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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President Barack Obama looks like a leader who has "boxed himself into a corner and is looking for a way out,"syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer and Fox News commentator said Saturday after the president said he'd wait for Congressional approval before ordering strikes on Syria.

"He has done no preparation," Krauthammer said on Fox. "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."

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 By making threats, and then saying he needed Congressional approval, "Obama looks as if he was seeking a way out of a position he had boxed himself into," Krauthammer said.


"Congress will be back in a week" said Krauthamer "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."

Meanwhile, neither the Syrian government nor the rebels fighting against it are going to wait for Obama and the U.S. government to make a decision, said Krauthammer.

"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?" he asked.

The columnist, though, agrees that it's "absolutely necessary" that Obama goes to Congress.

"This should be done in three days," said Krauthammer. However, House Speaker John Boehner said Saturday that the issue will be discussed Sept. 9, when Congress resumes, ruling out bringing the House back in early for a vote.

Obama should "bring them in, have it done by the end of the week," said Krauthammer. "The world, I think, will have higher respect ... 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."

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