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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