Krauthammer’s Take: Obama’s Foreign Policy ‘Strategically’ Helps Nigeria, Hurts Ukraine

Charles Krauthammer agrees with President Obama’s decision to send a team to help find the Nigerian girls taken hostage by Boko Haram

Krauthammer has two criteria for American intervention in these problems: that it will do good, “which is what we generally do,” and he said the second is that it has to be “a strategic necessity,” otherwise America would send troops to every foreign crisis. 

But Obama’s foreign policy amounts to “can we make a difference,” which Krauthammer says misses the point: “is it in the strategic interest of the United States?”

And refusing to give weapons to the Ukrainians is a strategic error on Obama’s part, according to Krauthammer. 

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