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.”

Judge Andrew Napolitano on Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony: FBI investigators “found a field day today”

By Tiffany Mullon

Judge Andrew Napolitano told viewers on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that in Hillary Clinton’s testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Thursday, in addition to the committee members, Clinton had to address “25 FBI agents and investigators in the Justice Department, not far from where she testified today, who are looking at the following things she said: they're looking for material misrepresentations, they're looking for the willingness to deceive, they're looking for actual material lies, remember she's under oath, and they're looking for how many different versions she can possibly give of the various events. And I suggest to you that they found a field day today.”

Napolitano, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst, reminded viewers that while Clinton had a duty to answer the questions of members of congress and the American people during her testimony, she is also under federal investigation for a variety of allegations: “Remember, she can be prosecuted for misleading congress as well as for lying to congress, she is under oath. This is not a political rally. She's also being investigated by the FBI for at least four crimes: espionage, the failure to secure national security secrets, destruction of government property, wiping a server clean, lying under oath to a federal judge when she said she gave the government everything, and I think the FBI has a lot more to go on today as a result of this testimony because she forgot about that third and hidden audience.”

Boehner & Morell on Movement of Weapons from Libya to Syria

Bret Baier asked House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) if the Gang of Eight was briefed on a covert operation regarding the movement of weapons from Libya to Syria. "I don't recall," Boehner said. "I think Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, pretty much debunked that whole idea that there was an arms operation going on there run by the U.S. government."

Bret asked Former CIA Director Michael Morell the same question back in May. "I can't talk about it," Morell said on whether the U.S. watched other countries move weapons. "But we played no role in facilitating the movement of those weapons. Zero, categorically."

Secretary Gates: White House micromangement drove me nuts

Rand Paul: "polls don't represent organizational strength"

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told viewers on Special Report with Bret Baier that he will remain in the presidential race while running for re-election as senator despite his single digit showing in recent polls.

The Senator boasted his ground game in the first caucus state of Iowa, "I'm going to let people vote and I think the polls don't accurately represent our organizational strength in Iowa."

"We have chairmen in all 99 counties in Iowa, we have hundreds of precinct chairmen, we have thousand students rallying for us," Paul said.

He continued his appeal to young voters and millenials offering an alternative to establishment candidates from the republican and democratic parties, "I would hate to, you know,  give up and say the students aren't going to get a chance to vote for someone who truly thinks he shouldn't be putting everybody in jail for marijuana, that really we shouldn't be at war everywhere around the world all the time and that really there isn't another way, there isn't a third way." 

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Donald Trump on Eminent Domain: I Think It's Wonderful

Businessman and presidential candidate Donald Trump sat down for an extended interview with Bret for Special Report. Here is the entire exchange on eminent domain--share your thoughts with us here or via Twitter @BretBaier.



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