BILL O'REILLY: I thought the speech was a little slow. It wasn't -- he didn't seem to be fully engaged with the cadets, the graduating West Pointers, and your assessment?
LT. COL. RALPH PETERS: He seemed to be having trouble with his teleprompter. It was an absolute exercise in self-adoration. The bit you just played about America's most -- in most respects, America has been relatively strong, blah, blah, blah. Look, America is perceived as weaker because of Obama's lack of leadership. And then when he said well, we will take unilateral military action, he immediately qualified it by saying, 'but we must be nearly certain that there will be no civilian casualties.'
O'REILLY: He doesn't have the heart for it, obviously. Now, you said we are perceived to be weaker around the world. And I agree with you 100% on that. But we're not really weaker. We still have a massive military machine, our nuclear arsenal, and there is nobody really on earth who can really compete with us militarily, is there?
PETERS: Well, no, but, when you are weakly led you are weaker. And, Bill, you know, I just found some of the claims in this speech absolutely fantastic. First of all yesterday and today, Obama keeps saying I have ended two wars. Well, that's great. You know, we could have ended the Second World War in 1942 by surrendering to the Japanese and Germans. It's how you end the wars.
In Iraq, he threw away the advantage we gained in blood. In Afghanistan, I agree we want a much smaller presence. But you don't tell the Taliban, hey, we'll be all gone in two years. And then the worst part of the speech, the shameless part for me, I couldn't believe it when I heard it. It was when he claimed that American leadership has provided success in Ukraine.
I mean, as he was speaking Putin was pouring special operators, hired mercenaries and weapons across the border into eastern Ukraine which is bloodier than ever. I mean, and by the way, and you know what? All that stuff about, you know, immigration at our southwest border, in that whole speech he did not mention Latin America a single time. I mean it was appalling if you really listened to it.