Krauthammer: The veto override is not going to make a difference for 9/11 families but will injure the United States
Congress handed President Obama a stinging defeat as lawmakers in the Senate voted to override a veto of legislation that would allow 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia over any involvement in the terrorist attacks. Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Wednesday's "Special Report with Bret Baier" the veto override vote won't probably affect 9/11 families in the way most want it to.
Krauthammer explained by saying, "I don't think this is not going to make any difference other than give them some kind of outlet...but I do think there will be a long term injury to us on the question of sovereign immunity."
Those against The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act or JASTA as it is known, argue the new law would take away the tradition of sovereign immunity which could allow citizens of foreign countries to sue members of United States military and others on diplomatic duty when on overseas missions.
Krauthammer elaborated that while it's not the most important issue in the world, sovereign immunity is "irretrievable."
He also lamented on how members of Congress should have shown such steadfast resolve against President Obama a long time ago. "I wish the Congress had shown the same kind of spine in resisting some of the other or more egregious encroachments," he said.
With this override coming so late in the president's second term, Krauthammer says "I wish they had had the courage to do something like this on the Iran deal."