Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Krauthammer, Stoddard and Hayes Critical of Obama's Speech

Following Obama's speech on Afghanistan Bret Baier gets reactions from Charles Krauthammer, A.B. Stoddard and Steve Hayes who seems to agree Obama's speech was weak. Hayes begins by describing the importance of the role of Commander in Chief and goes on to say "this speech felt very small to me." Hayes is critical of Obama's urging the common security of the world is at stake and then in the next sentence says we are going to leave. This is no exaggeration as it is quite literally the next sentence from the transcript:

“Because this is an international effort, I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we are confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead. Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. Now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what’s at stake is not simply a test of NATO’s credibility – what’s at stake is the security of our Allies, and the common security of the world.”

“Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011.

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