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Krauthammer’s Take: Obama’s Foreign-Policy Speech ‘Literally Pointless’

Not only did President Obama choose any inappropriate setting to address his foreign policy, but his remarks at the West Point commencement ceremony also failed to captivate or sway skeptic’s opinions, Charles Krauthammer said on Wednesday’s Special Report.

“I think the speech was literally pointless — it didn’t have a point, it was a defensive speech,” he said. “It was an answer to the chorus of criticism, even from his side of the aisle, that it has been a weak, leaderless, rudderless foreign policy, which it has been.”

Krauthammer said he spoke with a member of Congress who took issue with President Obama’s “pettiness” during commencement address of taking on his critics, and said the president should have focused on the graduates instead. “There was no response from any of the cadets — it was quiet as a mouse,” he said.

He also criticized the president for setting up “strawman” arguments, such as supposed calls for boots on the ground in either Syria or Ukraine. Later, when asked to grade the speech, Krauthammer said he would grade it based on the policy the president was projecting, giving it a C-minus.

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