'Fatuous' Obama Does US No Favors: Krauthammer

Big talk yields little help from European allies
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2009 10:28 AM CDT
The President of the United States, Barack Obama, right, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev look on during their meeting ahead of the G20 summit in London, Wednesday, April 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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(Newser) – President Obama is out in the world, "acting the philosopher-king who hovers above the fray" and badmouthing past American actions, and to what end? Charles Krauthammer, writing in the New York Times, doesn't see any satisfactory answers. "I'm not against gift-giving in international relations," he writes. "But it would be nice to see some reciprocity."

The aftermath of the North Korean missile launch and renewal of missile-defense talks with Russia highlight Obama's ineffectuality, Krauthammer contends."He wanted more stimulus spending from Europe. He got nothing From Russia, he got no help on Iran. From China, he got the blocking of any action on North Korea." And as for Guantanamo, "When Austria is mocking you, you're having a bad week."