Krauthammer: 'This Is Amateur Hour' for President Obama
President Obama announced today that he will wait for Congress to return from vacation on September 9th for a vote on using limited military action in Syria. The president and Secretary of State John Kerry have both stated that the Assad regime must be held accountable for using chemical weapons on civilians.
Last week, the British Parliament voted down Prime Minister David Cameron’s plea to take action in Syria. In reaction to the president's speech, Bret Baier asked, “What president looks at the vote in the British Parliament, […] then says I’d like to do that.”
Charles Krauthammer said he’s most astonished at the lack of urgency. “[Obama] says I can strike in a day or a week or a month as if he’s a judge handing down a sentence and the execution can be anytime in the future. There’s a war going on. Do you think everybody’s going to hold their breath, hold their arms, step aside until Obama decides when he wants to go to Congress? “
Krauthammer believes it’s “absolutely necessary” for the president to seek Congress’s authorization. Deeming it "amateur hour," he said the president should have immediately called in the Congress when the first chemical attack took place. He said that to Syria, Iran and others around the world, “It looks like the president boxed himself into a corner and is looking for a way out.”
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace responded, “I am astonished by what the president has decided to do today.”
“And the president said ‘I’m looking forward to this debate’ as if it’s going to be another campaign,” Wallace criticized. He also noted that the debate and vote will go into mid-September, while at the same time the country faces a budget crisis.
“It’s a good political decision. I’m not so sure it’s a good decision for the commander in chief,” he added.