Krauthammer: Obama using SOTU speech to 'crush Republicans'
Columnist previews State of the Union
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- Date Feb 12, 2013
Columnist previews State of the Union
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Joining us -- Washington Charles Krauthammer -- in the context of the state of the union where the president is going to announce.
How many troops he's going to withdraw this year from Afghanistan it's going to be a substantial number.
Cheney and basically any -- here on the former vice president knows very well -- -- state of the union day.
-- busy trying to Trotter the military trying to.
Look it's always very difficult -- -- the motives of any actor.
And I have slightly different view and that is what is Obama right course -- community organizer.
He's a man who believes in leveling between the collapses.
He's a man who wants to go against inequality to reduce inequality.
And to bring -- the lefties in -- of the left.
We'll call social justice what's the biggest that the model of that in the world.
Western Europe he's a European social Democrat.
Sweden France Britain those are examples and they are the entitlement state what's his major achievement in the first hour.
Obama -- nationalizing health care the way they have it in Europe and until Obama we didn't have it here and how do you how do you get the money.
An entitlement state.
In two ways of Europeans have shown us raise taxes -- -- here in the state of the union.
Obama is very intent on raising taxes relentlessly and you reducing defense spending.
After the Second World -- the European countries slashed and defense spending it to the point where the French can't even airlift.
Troops into -- a few hundred miles away.
And that's how they were able to finally entitlement state Obama I do not think wants to destroy the military.
But his main -- the reason he is president.
And what he wants to achieve and to leave as a legacy.
Is to create a more as he would say socially just entitlement state like Europe.
And that's why he doesn't really care.
About the cuts in the Pentagon because that's where you get the money.
And he wants to raise taxes because that's the other source of getting the money so that's how I understand what he wants to do.
I don't know let me ask you -- ridiculous questions okay and he used to that for me right.
That's rarely had to straighten you out OK number one why did you say that.
What you said why doesn't pres Obama just say it because you got to run for office again it was -- -- said.
Look I don't think they sang I'm a European social Democrat.
He's an appealing argument why -- and I -- enjoyed that way but he had a what he -- I wanna spend less on the Pentagon.
And more on social justice what does and they just say that he's already said that -- inaugural address.
He said we have to nation build at home.
What does that mean it is clear is a bailout.
We don't want to spend our money in wars.
We wanna spend our money at home we're gonna spend it on cruise all team we always -- -- just -- it just say.
He won't he say -- say every which way he's been saying in every sense.
He was inaugurated in 2009 doesn't say the words you read the words that way but I betcha if he were -- And I had all day long.
Why don't wanna do and I'm not gonna do that I'm just gonna modernize our army is gonna do this -- -- -- if he's never gonna say.
I'm gonna take the money from the military and give it to people.
Because I think that.
Still a social just way to go back -- and say that he's a politician.
That if you're going to win the argument.
Crush the Republicans.
Get this done in congress you have to speak the language of the people so what does he say don't say -- a Swede did.
He says what I want to do is to have the very lean military we don't want these wars abroad we don't want to be there had them on the dominant power.
Well we might have insisted that it is always don't wanna be the dominant power charging their mistake that.
He goes around the world apologize -- I know what he's done is he just doesn't say Iraq.
Now what you.
-- I'm just trying to -- not just get a little tired of the dance you know what I mean.
I get tired of the dancing you so bad it's wide it's -- -- two elections in a row his -- yeah but he added I'm just assets and they're just stare at now.
He managed -- with a dance he -- to -- Republicans he won on the fiscal cliff and now he's gonna want.
Some -- and you know what the arguing he's gonna make on sequestering is.
I'd go to the Republicans are the ones who are defending the rich are the tax.
Breaks for the oil companies.
And they -- they wanted to take the food.
Out of amounts of a -- -- -- -- -- -- -- different realized why those might actually as a way of saying he would do you read my mind yeah there you read my mind he's he's he's actually let's say you for the show.
He's not gonna say tonight I'm gonna raise taxes never says that.
Right on the rich he did but he's gonna say we have to close the loopholes all right.
On a private jets and the oil companies and more subsidies.
That's what he's gonna do which is an effective tax race.
All right so you grew at me and not on the grass and I'm gonna raise taxes again on these damn people dollar item and I want them on.
-- you are conceding that he dances he won't say it straight.
To talk about Lou knows what he really wants to raise taxes so it doesn't really well raising taxes for Obama that's exactly right that's why he uses this -- kind of lying right.
He wins with that.
-- and that's what he does all day long quite a final question is.
The state of the union is just propaganda to me.
I think you'll and -- 35 years I don't think have ever heard a pithy statement from any president is don't break we're going -- and whatever I do is gonna help you.
Every president every want my wrong.
Look of the reason he's giving the speech.
He's not so that he -- a pithy statement in the memory of the nation's.
And they get -- engraved on his tombstone.
He's giving this speech to crush the Republicans.
-- we already has on the run.
Because she knows that the only thing standing between him and his left agenda that he wants to enact.
Which was stopped in the last two years he's to neutralize to marginalize Republican House and if he does that he started -- but the fiscal cliff.
He split them and you neutralize them if he does it -- to sequester of these other arguments he then has the high road.
I'm opposed to controlling Washington and to change the country the way he said he would and the way he started in years one and two.
All right Charles crowd -- everyone thanks very much we appreciate it and -- president's.
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