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Krauthammer: ‘There isn't a coalition’ in ISIS fight

Charles Krauthammer told viewers on 'Special Report with Bret Baier' on Friday that President Obama is facing difficulties in getting other countries on board as part of a coalition to fight ISIS in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the MIddle East.

 

Charles Krauthammer told viewers on 'Special Report with Bret Baier' Friday that President Obama is facing difficulties in getting other countries onboard as part of a coalition to fight ISIS in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.

"Thus far, we have one country in the coalition," the syndicated columnist said. "There isn't a coalition."

France conducted its first airstrike Friday against the Islamic State, destroying a logistics depot that it controlled in northeastern Iraq, according to a statement from the office of President Francois Hollande.

The White House has long touted the idea of building a coalition of nations to stem the threat of ISIS, but so far the absence of other countries' military commitments in Syria has raised the idea the White House might have to form two coalitions - one for Iraq, and one for Syria.

"The idea that it's going to be a dual one or a spread out one is ridiculous," Krauthammer said. "Nobody's here. Nobody showed up."

Obama will attend meetings at the United Nations General Assembly next week, likely as part of an attempt to round up military support from other countries.

"The generals and the president can't even agree on the strategy," Krauthammer said, "and that's the one country that's supposed to be leading all this."