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Krauthammer’s Take: Obama Following American People’s Lead on Plan to Defeat the ISIS

On Tuesday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said President Obama’s was forced to develop his forthcoming plan to defeat the Islamic State because of the shift in public opinion. “This is a man who’s been dragged kicking and screaming to face reality,” Krauthammer said. “This is a classic example of leading from behind where he [Obama] waits for public opinion and now it’s the public who’s demanding he does something. Americans don’t like to see other Americans killed on television by a prideful enemy like that and our president doing nothing.”

He went on to say if the videos showing the beheading of two American journalists had never been released, Obama’s strategy toward the Islamic State would be completely different. “It changed everything,” Krauthammer said. “It [the videos] changed public opinion—and Obama is nothing if not responsive to public opinion. He doesn’t lead. Here it’s the public that’s leading.” Krauthammer added that Obama’s task Wednesday in his national speech unveiling a plan to address the Islamic State will be to “undo everything he has said about the War on Terror since the day he was sworn in—everything he said, everything he promised, everything he assured people.” 

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