Articles filed under Krauthammer, Charles

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  • Collapse of the Cairo Doctrine Sep 25, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: On June 4, 2009, in Cairo, Obama promised "a new beginning" offering Muslims "mutual respect."But no matter. Obama had come to remonstrate and restrain the hyperpower that, by his telling, had lost its way after 9/11, creating Guantanamo, practicing torture, imposing its will with arrogance and presumption.

  • The abandonment of Israel Sep 14, 2012 11:41 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: At the same time that it does nothing, the administration warns Israel sternly, repeatedly, publicly, even threateningly not to strike the Iranian nuclear program.

  • The empathy gap Sep 10, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Given the state of the economy, by any historical standard, Barack Obama should be 15 points behind Mitt Romney. But on "caring about average people," Obama wins by 22 points. Maintaining the empathy gap was a principal goal of the Democratic convention.

  • The ‘deterrence works’ fantasy Sep 3, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: What I have decided is that deterring Iran is fundamentally different from deterring the Soviet Union.

  • The Cordesman criteria Aug 27, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: If we simply continue to drift through negotiations, either America, Europe, the Gulf Arabs and the Israelis will forever be condemned to live under the threat of nuclear blackmail (even nuclear war) from a regime the State Department identifies as the world's greatest exporter of terror.

  • Romney’s present, Ryan’s future Aug 21, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: While Ryan's effect on 2012 is as yet undetermined — it depends on the success or failure of Mediscare — there is less doubt about the meaning of Ryan's selection for beyond 2012. He could well become the face of Republicanism for a generation.

  • The case against re-election Aug 10, 2012 1:49 PM
    There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas. The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in U.S. history, 42 consecutive months of 8-plus percent unemployment, declining economic growth — all achieved at a price of another $5 trillion of accumulated debt. The ideological case is also simple. Just play in toto (and therefore in context) Obama’s Roanoke riff telling small business owners: “You didn’t build that.” Real credit for your success belongs not to you — you think you did well because of your smarts and sweat? he asked mockingly — but to government that built the infrastructure without which you would have nothing. Play it. Then ask: Is that the governing philosophy you want for this nation? Mitt Romney’s preferred argument, however, is stewardship. Are you better off today than you were $5 trillion ago? Look at the wreckage around you. This presidency is a failure. I’m a successful businessman. I know how to fix things. Elect me, etc. etc. Easy peasy, but highly risky. If you run against Obama’s performance in contrast to your own competence, you stake your case on persona. Is that how you want to compete against an opponent who is not just more likable and immeasurably cooler, but spending millions to paint you as an unfeeling, out-of-touch, job-killing, private-equity plutocrat? The ideological case, on the other hand, is not just appealing to a center-right country with twice as many conservatives as liberals, it is also explanatory. It underpins the stewardship argument. Obama’s ideology — and the program that followed — explains the failure of these four years. What program? Obama laid it out boldly early in his presidency. The roots of the nation’s crisis, he declared, were systemic. Fundamental change was required. He had come to deliver it. Hence his signature legislation: First, the $831 billion stimulus that was going to “reinvest” in America and bring unemployment below 6 percent. We know about the unemployment. And the investment? Obama loves to cite great federal projects such as the Hoover Dam and the interstate highway system. Fine. Name one thing of any note created by Obama’s Niagara of borrowed money. A modernized electric grid? Ports dredged to receive the larger ships soon to traverse a widened Panama Canal? Nothing of the sort. Solyndra, anyone? Second, radical reform of health care that would reduce its ruinously accelerating cost: “Put simply,” he said, “our health care problem is our deficit problem” -- a financial hemorrhage drowning us in debt. Except that the CBO reports that Obamacare will cost $1.68 trillion of new spending in its first decade. To say nothing of the price of the uncertainty introduced by an impossibly complex remaking of one-sixth of the economy — discouraging hiring and expansion as trillions of investable private-sector dollars remain sidelined. The third part of Obama’s promised transformation was energy. His cap-and-trade federal takeover was rejected by his own Democratic Senate. So the war on fossil fuels has been conducted unilaterally by bureaucratic fiat. Regulations that will kill coal. A no-brainer pipeline (Keystone) rejected lest Canadian oil sands be burned. (China will burn them instead.) A drilling moratorium in the Gulf that a federal judge severely criticized as illegal. That was the program — now so unpopular that Obama barely mentions it. Obamacare got exactly two lines in this year’s State of the Union address. Seen any ads touting the stimulus? The drilling moratorium? Keystone? Ideas matter. The 2010 election, the most ideological since 1980, saw the voters resoundingly reject a Democratic Party that was relentlessly expanding the power, spending, scope and reach of government. It’s worse now. Those who have struggled to create a family business, a corner restaurant, a medical practice won’t take kindly to being told that their success is a result of government-built roads and bridges. In 1988, Michael Dukakis famously said, “This election is not about ideology; it’s about competence.” He lost. If Republicans want to win, Obama’s deeply revealing, teleprompter-free you-didn’t-build-that confession of faith needs to be hung around his neck until Election Day. The third consecutive summer-of-recovery-that-never-came is attributable not just to Obama being in over his head but to what’s in his head: a government-centered vision of the economy and society, and the policies that flow from it. Four years of that and this is what you get. Make the case and you win the White House. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is © 2012, The Washington Post Writers Group

  • Romney’s excellent trip Aug 6, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: At the outset of his recent foreign trip, Mitt Romney committed a gaffe. In answer to a question about the Olympics, he expressed skepticism about London's preparations. Soon that initial stumble was transmuted into a metaphor for everything that followed. The mainstream media decided with near unanimity that the rest of the trip amounted to a gaffe-prone disaster. Really?

  • Busted: Mr. Pfeiffer and the White House Blog Aug 1, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: In my previous column about Mitt Romney's trip abroad and U.S. foreign policy, I wrote that Barack Obama "started his presidency by returning to the British Embassy the bust of Winston Churchill that had graced the Oval Office." Within hours, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer had created something of a bonfire.

  • Romney -- not innocents -- abroad Jul 29, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Unlike Barack Obama, Romney abroad will not be admonishing his country, criticizing his president or declaring himself a citizen of the world. Indeed, Romney should say nothing of substance, just offer effusive expressions of affection for his hosts.

  • Did the state make you great? Jul 25, 2012 1:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Obama compounds the fallacy by declaring the state to be the font of entrepreneurial success. How so? It created the infrastructure — roads, bridges, schools, Internet — off which we all thrive. Absurd.

  • The Islamist ascendancy Jul 13, 2012 3:37 PM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: The Arab Spring is a misnomer. This is an Islamist ascendancy, likely to dominate Arab politics for a generation.

  • The imperial presidency revisited Jul 8, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: President Obama adopts a policy of major non-enforcement of the immigration law and promulgates it unilaterally, while his Justice Department claims the right to invalidate state laws that might in some way impinge on that very non-enforcement.

  • The immigration bombshell: Naked lawlessness Jun 24, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Barring deportation of these young people is not proecutorial discretion. This is a fundamental rewriting of the law.

  • What Wisconsin means to unions Jun 10, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, will be remembered as the beginning of the long decline of the public-sector union.

  • Same-sex marriage: Empathy or right? May 21, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Obama knows he has boxed himself in. His "rights" argument compels him to nationalize same-sex marriage and sharpen hostility to proponents of traditional marriage — a place he is loath to go.

  • Echoes of ’67: Israel unites May 13, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Benjamin Netanyahu could have ensured four more years in power. He chose instead to form a national coalition that guarantees 18 months of stability 18 months during which, if the world does not act to stop Iran, Israel will.

  • Divider in chief May 7, 2012 12:40 PM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: This is the man who sprang from nowhere with that thrilling 2004 convention speech declaring that there is not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; theres the United States of America. That was then. Today, we are just sects with quarrels

  • While Syria burns Apr 29, 2012 1:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Last year President Obama ordered U.S. intervention in Libya under the grand new doctrine of Responsibility to Protect. Moammar Gadhafi was threatening a massacre in Benghazi. To stand by and do nothing would have been a betrayal of who we are, explained the president. In the year since, the government of Syria has more than threatened massacres. It has carried them out.

  • Farewell, the New Frontier Apr 22, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Nothing could better symbolize China overtaking America than its taking our place on the moon, walking over footprints first laid down, then casually abandoned, by us.

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