Krauthammer: ‘Personal narcissism’ driving Obama withdrawal from Afghanistan

Conservative analyst Charles Krauthammer offered a scathingly personal  view of President Obama’s announcement Tuesday that U.S. troops are pulling out of Iraq, accusing Obama of a “personal narcissism” that literally endangers American lives for political benefit.

krauthammer0528Obama on Tuesday said only about 10,000 American soldiers would remain in Afghanistan by the end of the year, with that number halved in 2015 and virtually of the remainder leaving the following year, according to the New York Times.

Even if the troops are coming out, Obama’s making the announcement two years early smacks of opportunism of the worst kind, Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “Special Report.”

“I think it’s worse than a political act to announce the leaving – it’s kind of an act of personal narcissism,” he said.

Krauthammer acknowledged that a final withdrawal from the country would likely benefit the Democrat Party, but highlighted the folly of planning wars for a president’s legacy.

“I mean, is that how we’re now setting the strategy of the United States of America – a war zone where so many have died and so much treasure and blood has been spent so a president can leave office looking good?” he asked.

Well, every other strategy has been set to make the president look good, at least since that night five years when candidate Barack Obama stood between two pillars in Denver that were as artificial as Democrats’ approach to national security.

Then, as now, there seemed to be no grasp of the reality that soldiers’ lives and deaths are what is at stake here – not the Obama image or Democrats’ electoral hopes.

“Three of every four Americans who died in Afghanistan have died in the Obama years, when he’s been commander-in-chief,” Krauthammer said. “It’s been his war. It’s been six years. It’s not a war that somehow others started against the will of Americans, and he had to continue. He chose!

“And the question history’s going to ask of him: ‘Why? What did you achieve with the tripling of troops and the large number of deaths that resulted?’”

Check out Krauthammer’s take here:

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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