April 4, 2009

Krauthammer On Obama's Remarks

Charles Krauthammer has some very harsh words for Barack Obama and the remarks he made on Friday in Strasbourg.
BRET BAIER: Charles, your thoughts on the day...CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Well, where does one begin? Obama says, 'In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.' Well maybe that's because when there was a civil war on Europe's doorstep in the Balkans and genocide, it didn't lift a finger until America led. Maybe it's because when there was an invasion of Kuwait, it didn't lift a finger until America led. Maybe it's because with America spending over half a trillion a year keeping open the sea lanes and defending the world, Europe is spending pennies on defense. It's hard to appreciate an entity's leading role in the world when it's been sucking on your tit for 60 years as Europe has in regard to the United States, parasitically. And...BAIER: Was that a Charles Grassley reference or just a Charles Krauthammer...?KRAUTHAMMER: It was a turn of phrase which I'm sure I will regret. Look, and then he goes on and calls America "arrogant, dismissive, and derisive" regarding Europe. The London Telegraph, the correspondent at Strasbourg said that this was the most critical remarks he had ever seen a president give on foreign soil, and I think he's right. When Kennedy arrived in Paris, he did not attack Eisenhower and the United States. When Obama's elected president, he's president of all the United States, including Americans who opposed him, and he owns American history, including a past he may not have wanted to engage in. I think what he did, in order to gain the adoration of the press, he denigrated his country in a way that I think is disgraceful.Well said.

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