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Krauthammer’s Take

From Special Report with Bret Baier | Thursday, April 19, 2012

On Obama’s threat to veto any budget that spends less than $1.047 trillion, aiming at the Ryan budget that spends $1.028 trillion:

What is so dismaying is the argument today — it is over something so small. . . . It’s $19 billion for a government that spends $3.6 trillion. That means it’s one-half of 1 percent, which means: Can the government cut $1 out of every $200? Well, I’d start with GSA — the clowns and the mind readers and the hot tubs.

Good God. [Cutting] $1 out of $200, which is declared impossible until after election day. The idea of doing something large — tax reform and entitlement reform — is completely out of the question.

But that is only because Obama is threatening a veto and a government shut-down if the Republicans dare cut $19 billion out of $3.6 trillion. That’s ridiculous.

On the US approach to the situation in Syria:

The secretary of defense says “make no mistake about it, one way or another, the regime will meet its end.”

Well, it could — in 50 years. But then he follows on and says “we are going to do nothing.” You look at the conference in Paris — of the 14 so-called friends of Syria — they’re doing nothing. The only people who are doing stuff [are] the Russians who are supplying the weapons with which Assad is slaughtering people . . .

Look, what’s our objective? Stopping the fighting or getting rid of the regime? All [that] the U.N. peacekeepers are doing is giving legitimacy and cover for the ongoing war. It doesn’t stop the shelling. The shelling is going on. And it’s a way to . . . prevent any intervention from the outside.

I think what our policy ought to be — and I do not understand why it’s not — is provide support for the rebels, to arm the rebels, to train the rebels. Probably in the refugee settlements in Turkey. The Turks would be on our side.

But to stand around and say the regime will ultimately collapse is empty. It’s really almost dishonorable. We’re not lifting a finger.

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