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Krauthammer’s Take: Obama ‘A Man in Denial, On the Verge of Delusion’

Charles Krauthammer has no consoling words for President Obama in the wake of a second American journalist’s being beheaded by the Islamic State. Scolding the president’s refusal to call the involved terrorists anything but “extremists,” Krauthammer called the president “a man in denial, on the verge of delusion.”

“Here’s a man who comes into office and denies the existence of a war on terror,” said Krauthammer on Special Report. “And what do we see?” Attacks by Islamic jihadists in Somalia, Nigeria, Niger, Libya, Yemen, and, of course, Syria and Iraq, Krauthammer said. “It’s everywhere.”

Yet, he said, “Obama persists in calling them ‘extremists.’ As if they are extremists for — what reason? They are just very upset about a lot of stuff. He will not call it by its name, Islamic radicalism. He will not explain or concede that it is a worldwide movement, and he will not concede that what he’s done for these five years — underestimating, underplaying, and not explaining to the American people the necessity of carrying [the War on Terror] on — is now beginning to bear fruit everywhere in the world as America’s position is collapsing.”

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