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Krauthammer’s Take: Obama Should ‘Make a Damned Decision’ about Ukraine

Charles Krauthammer harshly criticized President Barack Obama for his reaction, or lack thereof, to the news that an airliner was shot down in Ukraine today. The president needs to ”make a damned decision for once in his life,” Krauthammer said, and agree to help arm the Ukrainian military.

“What is the president’s reaction?” Krauthammer asked fellow panelist Juan Williams, who expressed skepticism that the president’s continuing with his normal schedule today was blameworthy. “You say what matters is not where he is. He’s had no reaction — he’s had no reaction to anything that I can tell in the last six months. Look, it isn’t as if we’re going to go to war with Russia, but we have denied Ukraine lethal weaponry on the grounds that we don’t want to escalate the conflict.”

Now, he noted, “The rebels and the Russians are killing the Ukrainians in large numbers by shooting them out of the sky. The least the president can do is . . . announce that we are now going to supply lethal weapons to assist the Ukrainians in defending themselves, and in completing the offensive that is now going on in Eastern Ukraine to actually destroy the rebel insurgency, and then it’d be done.”

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