Krauthammer: Obama’s Troop Withdrawal Announcement ‘An Act of Personal Narcissism’
Charles Krauthammer tonight weighed in on President Barack Obama’s announcement of his plan for a near-total withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.
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"This year, we will bring America's longest war to a responsible end," Obama said, in remarks from the Rose Garden.
The long-anticipated withdrawal plan is largely in line with what military commanders have been seeking and would allow the president to fully end the American-led military effort by the time he leaves office.
The plan would shrink the U.S. troop presence from its current force of 32,000 to 9,800 by the start of next year, and to roughly half that size by the end of 2015. Nearly all those forces are to be out by the end of 2016, as Obama finishes his second term.
"It's time to turn the page," Obama said. If the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan indeed lasts through 2016, that would bring the length of the U.S. engagement in Afghanistan to 15 years. Afghanistan is already the longest U.S. war.
“I think it’s worse than a political act to announce the leaving. It’s a kind of an act of personal narcissism,” Krauthammer said on tonight’s “Special Report” panel.
Krauthammer noted that if the withdrawal happens in 2016, Obama will leave office having fulfilled the promise of liquidating the war.
“I mean, is that how we’re now setting the strategy of the United States of America in a war zone, where so many have died and so much treasure and blood has been spent, so that a president can leave office looking good?” Krauthammer questioned.
Krauthammer said that history will ask of Obama: What did he achieve with the tripling of troops and resulting deaths?
Watch more of Krauthammer’s thoughts on the announcement in the video above.
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