Judge Napolitano: 'Law is on the President's side...politics are not'

Judge Napolitano said Thursday on 'Special Report with Bret Baier'  that  the 'Law is on the President's side, but the politics are not' after the House resoundingly approved veto-proof legislation that requires new requirements for screening refugees from Syria and Iraq, following Friday's terrorist attacks that killed 129 people in Paris.

Obama has planned to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees to enter the United States based on a 2005 statute, but  today the House passed changes to that. It now goes on to the Senate where it faces a much tougher battle to passage there.

"The law is on the President's side, but the politics are not," the  Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst said. "I just don't see how the president can do this, even if the Senate fails to pass the legislation that the House passed. He has absolutely no public opinion behind him, and he and Mrs. Clinton will suffer terrifically for it."

Krauthammer: The French have called this an act of war and he [Obama] calls it a setback

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report” that President Obama’s comments at a news conference at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey about the administration’s strategy to defeat ISIS were “flat” and “detached.”

“What struck me above all was not the misstatement of facts or the delusions about what's going on, it's the president's tone. There was this lassitude, passivity, annoyance, he was irritable,” Krauthammer said, adding, “You know, 'You guys asking me again if the strategy is working,' as if it's all so obvious that it is.”

Krauthammer went on to say the president failed to show passion or urgency on the issue in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

“The French said this was an act of war, and he calls it a setback,” he said.

In fact, Krauthammer said the only time Obama managed to rouse real emotion during the almost hour-long presser in Turkey was when he asked about the Syrian refugee crisis.

“That’s where he showed the passion. And who’s he angry against? Republicans, who suggest ‘slamming the doors on refugees,’ when their reasons are good,” he concluded.

Krauthammer: Trump is “extremely good” at handling the topic of immigration

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday on “Special Report” that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is “extremely good” at handling the topic of immigration. “He [Trump] dances and he dekes and he faints and then he disappears without backing it down,” said the syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor.

Krauthammer was referring to Bret Baier’s one-on-one interview with Donald Trump, where he was challenged about his previous criticism  of former GOP candidate- Mitt Romney’s stand on illegal immigration. Mitt Romney supported self-deportation of illegal immigrants.

Krauthammer said that when asked about his earlier statement about self-deportation being “crazy and mean-spirited,” Donald Trump denied ever having said that. Krauthammer called out the real estate mogul for flip-flopping on  the issue of immigration. Krauthammer explained that self-deportation “ is a lot softer than the forcible deportation, which he [Trump]is advocating now.”

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Krauthammer on reports of bomb on Russian airliner: ‘The Egyptians and Russians are deathly afraid’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Thursday on “Special Report” that the Russians and Egyptians are both urging caution over reports that a bomb brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt – and for good reason.

“The Egyptians and the Russians are deathly afraid of such a verdict,” Krauthammer said.

For Egypt, Krauthammer explained, the reason for this fear is twofold.

“Number one, they depend hugely on tourism to get their foreign exchange. Sharm el-Sheikh is one of their number one tourist destinations. The only way to get there is by airplane. You shut down the airport, it dies,” he said, adding, “The second [reason they’re afraid] is that the Egyptian regime is in a death struggle with radical Islam in the country…  And now if they're able to bring down airplanes, the prestige of the regime in sort of winning the battle against the jihadists is really diminished.”

As for Russia, its own struggle with radical Islam is at play… and that country’s reputation for being tough on jihadists may be at stake.

“[Russia has] a reputation of being utterly ruthless. You don't want to mess with Boris,” Krauthammer said, “If this turns out to be an attack on a Russian airliner, they're going to have either their deterrent is going to be diminished, or they're going to have a furious response, which could incidentally help us, cause it would be against ISIS.”

Krauthammer: 'The [GOP] candidates should quit while they're ahead'

By Hayley Turner

Charles Krauthammer said Monday on 'Special Report'  that Republican presidential candidates' meeting to gain greater control over the remaining debate format is "pointless."

Advisers from at least 11 GOP presidential campaigns met Sunday to outline what they want out of the remaining debates following last week's controversial CNBC debate.

"The Republican candidates should quit while they're ahead," the syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said. "The debate about the debate is over and they crushed the media."

"The general consensus, including in the liberal media, is that it was an awful debate run by disrespectful and kind of useless moderators, who clearly showed the world that there's a liberal bias, so the GOP won and, actually, came out of the debate looking good as a group. At this point, I think to continue to beat the horse is kind of pointless," Krauthammer added.

Steve Hayes: Admins plan does not show Obama is "serious about eliminating ISIS"

Steve Hayes told viewers Friday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the administration's plan to put several dozen Special Operations forces on the ground is Syria still does not show that President Obama is "serious about eliminating ISIS and removing Bashar al-Assad."

The White House announced Friday that less than 50 US forces would be moving into Syria to help train and assist local fighters. 

"We know what it looks like when the United States wants to eliminate an enemy. That's not what this looks like," Hayes said, adding that "they can be the most effective people in the world at what they do, and 50 of them won't make a substantive difference."

The White House refuted assertions that the move would constitute mission creep, claiming that though the troops could find themselves near the front lines of the battlefield, they are serving in a non-combat role.

"I think Josh Earnest is probably technically right, that this isn't a change of strategy. Because there is no strategy," Hayes said. "By definition, you can't change something that you don't have."

The Weekly Standard columnist also cited concerns about the US becoming involved with Russian efforts in Syria, as Russia has already reportedly deployed ground troops to the Syrian fight.

"I find it ironic that the administration is partnering with Russia on this," Hayes said. "We're sending many, many mixed signals - none of them suggest that the United States has any resolve with respect to Russia, Syria, Iran or the broader campaign in the region."


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Krauthammer says Cruz or Rubio should be the GOP candidate to challenge Clinton

By Nunu Japaridze

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday on “Special Report” that GOP presidential candidates voters  would “want to go up against Hillary Clinton,” are Florida senator Marco Rubio and Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz. Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor explained that most likely outcome of Republican Presidential race is that “one of the two outsiders”- Trump or Carson remain as finalist and “one will come out of the other lane.”

Charles Krauthammer praised Rubio and Cruz as “the most dynamic” candidates and added that“ they really handle themselves.” Krauthammer said that “it’s likely that one of those two will be the one who come up against the outsider.” He quickly added that Texas Senator  Ted Cruz considers himself “as an outsider but he has more political experience than other so called outsider candidates. “He’s got some political experience. The others have none and that I think is the big difference,” said Charles Krauthammer. 


Krauthammer on Trump’s plea to Iowa voters: ‘I’m melting, help me out here’

By Anna Olson

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report” that presidential hopeful Donald Trump may have slipped up in a speech to Iowa voters Tuesday, after several polls showed him trailing Dr. Ben Carson in that state.

“That was a very weird speech he gave last night,” Krauthammer said, adding, “When you say to the audience openly, 'This election isn't about you, it's about me,' when you're supposed to say, 'It's all about you’…then you've gone over a line.”

Krauthammer said Trump’s comments were amusing, but they weren’t smart strategically.

“What kind of person, even trying to make an amusing point, is going to say something like that, 'Get my numbers up,' basically, 'I'm melting, I'm melting, help me out here,’” he asked.

Krauthammer went on to say that Trump “defines everything in life as winning and losing,” and in a tough campaign, he needs to be able to stay strong.

“When [Trump] loses, can he handle it? If it’s anything like what he did yesterday, this could be an inflection point,” Krauthammer said. “If not, he can recover.”



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