CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The president in that speech was back to hyper-partisan mode, slashing attack on Republicans. At one point he is speaking of the Republicans, he said, 'and some of them are decent.' Quite a remarkable thing for a president to say if you expect any cooperation. And to do this within minutes of 13 Naval employees, brave Americans lying dead, I thought was in extremely bad taste. He could have waited until tomorrow. It isn't as if this is a holy anniversary, he could have spoken later in the week which is the week that marks the fifth year of the crisis.
And on Syria, he said, having dealt with the Syrian issue, which is another farce. He has opened up a can of worms. There is no way we're going to disarm Syria. This is a fig leaf, it's nothing more.