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Krauthammer: Obama Afghanistan Announcement an Act of Narcissism

Krauthammer: Obama Afghanistan Announcement an Act of Narcissism

As usual, it’s all about him.

For anyone who’s not aware, before becoming one of America’s most respected political analysts, Charles Krauthammer was a highly respected psychiatrist. In fact, he was the chief of psychiatry at Mass General Hospital in Boston and it doesn’t get much better than that.

Many Americans, including conservatives, believe America should reduce its presence in Afghanistan but does Obama have to announce our plans to the entire world?

From National Review…

Charles Krauthammer says President Obama’s premature announcement that he will reduce troops in Afghanistan to 10,000 was an “act of personal narcissism.”

“When this was talked about a few months ago in the press, there was mention of the fact that if the full withdrawal happened in 2016, that would allow Obama to leave office having fulfilled the promise of liquidating the wars,” he said.

Krauthammer found it contemptible that Obama would orient military plans around the timing of his departure from office, merely to make himself look better.

There are few people in the entire country who are more qualified to diagnose personality disorders and this isn’t the first time that Dr. Krauthammer has analyzed the president in this way.

In a 2010 column published by the Washington Post titled The selective modesty of Barack Obama, Kruthammer had this to say…

Notice, too, how Obama habitually refers to Cabinet members and other high government officials as “my” — “my secretary of homeland security,” “my national security team,” “my ambassador.” The more normal — and respectful — usage is to say “the,” as in “the secretary of state.” These are, after all, public officials sworn to serve the nation and the Constitution — not just the man who appointed them.

It’s a stylistic detail, but quite revealing of Obama’s exalted view of himself. Not surprising, perhaps, in a man whose major achievement before acceding to the presidency was writing two biographies — both about himself.

Obama is not the first president with a large streak of narcissism. But the others had equally expansive feelings about their country. Obama’s modesty about America would be more understandable if he treated himself with the same reserve. What is odd is to have a president so convinced of his own magnificence — yet not of his own country’s.

Obama has been one of America’s greatest presidents.

Just ask him.


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I could forgive Obama much if he were a patriot who loved America with gusto. Instead he makes me look back fondly on Carter as what a proper failed American president looks like.

Obama’s like the weather: everyone complains about Obama but nobody does anything about him.

Obama’s third biography: Grandiosity for Dummies

This is news…!?!?

Any. BODY. Who read Obama’s books KNOWS he is a poor, sick child.

Now, that does not excuse him. Many, many people overcome their pathologies. Baracula built on them.

Henry Hawkins | May 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Dr. K has himself said repeatedly that no one can diagnose people in the news remotely, and he also has said on FOX that he hasn’t diagnosed anyone in decades. He’d allow there are legions of people more qualified than him based on this.

However, below are the diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder as taken from the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition. Anyone could be forgiven for seeing Dear Leader in each one, lol:

-A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

-A belief that he or she is special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions

-A need for excessive admiration

-A sense of entitlement

-Interpersonally exploitive behavior

-A lack of empathy

-Envy of others or a belief that others are envious of him or her

-A demonstration of arrogant and haughty behaviors or attitudes

Reads like a list of prerequisites for a career in politics, doesn’t it?

I know this sounds really weird but I feel very queasy. For the last 8 years I was involved with raising my kids and being a working mum. I never really gave politics a moment’s thought. Everyone around me thought that Obama was great for America and that when Sarah Palin said he was palling around with terrorists it was irresponsible and false of her to say this. Now I’m starting to wonder about what’s going on and reading more widely. I just read the Krauthammer article and I just could not believe Obama had charged the head of NASA to reach out to the Muslim world. Surely it was some mistake? But I googled and realized that it wasn’t a mistake, this is what Obama was engaged with from the beginning. I just feel so ill, I don’t know why I didn’t wake up sooner. I always assumed that no matter how incompetent a president was, that it was a given they would prioritize the USA. NASA is a crown jewel of US scientific supremacy. I’m not particularly a fan of Sarah Palin but it seems like she called out Obama correctly.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to RuthC. | May 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Obama – the REAL Manchurian Candidate.

    The Manchurian Candidate (1959), by Richard Condon, is a political thriller novel (and movie) about the son of a prominent US political family who is brainwashed into being an unwitting assassin for a Communist conspiracy. –