Krauthammer: Obama "Doesn't See As His Mission To Be The President Who Defeated Islamic Terrorism"


BILL O'REILLY: I asked Ed Henry if President Obama really cares about defeating the jihad, not protecting the nation because I believe he wants to protect the nation. But defeating the jihad, taking the aggressive action that would be necessary to do that. I don't think his heart is in it. You say?

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think that for him it's not the reason he came to the presidency. In the same way that on domestic affairs he talks about reforming entitlements and all that, but he hasn't lifted a finger for that because what he cares on domestic affairs is about equality, it's about climate change, it's about all these other things. And, you know, when it comes to entitlements he'll say the words, but he doesn't really care.

In foreign policy he cares about essentially appeasing our enemies, or as he would say making overtures to our enemies, the Russians, the Iranians with the nuclear program. He sees his mission as the one who makes America sort of popular again in the world. He doesn't see as his mission to be the president who defeated Islamic terrorism. He knows he has to do it. He knows he has to protect the nation. So he does the drone strikes, and he says the right words.

But if you look at what he's said overall, the nonappearance in Paris, the way he's downplayed the Paris attacks, the way they writeoff all the lone wolf attacks, the workplace violence in talking about Ford Hood, the abolition of the terminology -- the war on terror. That's not why he became president and that's not what he cares about. So he does the minimum. He does the silent stuff. He does the stuff that you don't see, the drone attacks, and as you said a little earlier, he will now pass it off to his successor.

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