Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized President Barack Obama’s Rose Garden speech Saturday afternoon, in which he said although he felt he possessed the authority to begin hostilities against Syria on his own, he would defer to Congress — which will reconvene in a week.
“[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?”
Krauthammer then addressed the president’s continued indecision on this issue.
“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.”
After the Rose Garden announcement, the president played golf with Vice President Joe Biden.
Earlier in the week, Krauthammer told conservative pundit Sean Hannity that the only purpose in Obama lobbing missiles in Syria’s direction was to “vindicate the vanity and ego of a president who’s become a laughingstock around the world, and whose word means nothing” according to Fox News.
Watch the exchange between Krauthammer and Fox News anchor Bret Baier, courtesy of The Daily Caller.
In this second video, Krauthammer lectured Juan Williams. While Williams applauded Obama’s decision, Krauthammer told him that the president “flinched “and made the United States appear to have “chickened out.”