CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The issue transcends the political standing of the president. This is an issue of national security of the United States in the Middle East. What we're seeing now, al Qaeda has control of the largest city it has ever controlled in its history. It has control of the largest area of territory -- from the outskirts of Aleppo in the west to Mosul in the east -- than it ever has in its history.
This is an enormous threat and it is a direct result of the two decisions that Obama made. Leaving Iraq, he says he ended the war in Iraq. No. David Petraeus ended the war in Iraq. He defeated al Qaeda and ended the civil war. Obama threw away the fruits of victory as General [Buck] McKeon said when he did not negotiate a status of forces agreement, which he argues in Afghanistan is necessary as a way to retain our gains and to redeem our sacrifices.
So, if that is true in Afghanistan, he obviously did not succeed, failed miserably in doing in Iraq. At the same time, you have an attack on Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, an attack on the airport. You've got -- and that is a country with nuclear weapons. The al Qaeda is arguably now the strongest it has ever been and it's a result of Obama's policies.