On Fox New's "Special Report with Brett Baier" Wednesday night, Charles Krauthammer gave a devastating evaluation of the attitude and words given by the President in statements about Russia and Israel.
On the President's response to the news about the possibility of war between Russia and Ukraine, Krauthammer summarized Obama's response as basically having zero interest in the issue. He added:
This is really unbelievable. This is Russia, the one country that can deter Russia is ultimately the United States and we're just saying we're gonna watch. If that isn't a signal to Putin that he doesn't have to factor the United States in his calculations, I don't know what is.
He was equally as sort of lethargic and disinterested and detached in talking about Hamas. He has "no sympathy for Hamas"? His own state department says it's a terrorist organization.
He said the placing of weapons among the civilians is irresponsible? It's a bloody war crime.
I mean there's no passion, there's no interest, there's nothing behind it. You have to wonder why did he hold the press conference. I'm not sure that he addressed any issue at all other than to show adversaries, bad guys in the world, that you don't have to worry about this guy.
An alternate way of making the same strong point was voiced next by guest Ron Fournier, who brilliantly pointed out that it's frat boys whom one calls "extraordinarily irresponsible" and that Hamas is a terrorist organization that's killing people.
The basic point is that as the president of the most powerful country in the world - and as the supposed best ally of Israel - words matter.
Ignoring some things and downplaying others are actions that nations and leaders across the globe are sure to notice; even more so, those that might carefully consider any potential U.S. response before taking any actions are sure to notice.