All posts tagged Charles Krauthammer

→ Charles Krauthammer on how to Proceed

The country doesn’t need two liberal parties. Yes, Republicans need to weed out candidates who talk like morons about rape. But this doesn’t mean the country needs two pro-choice parties either. In fact, more women are pro-life than are pro-choice. The problem here for Republicans is not policy but delicacy — speaking about culturally sensitive and philosophically complex issues with reflection and prudence.

Tuesday’s exit polls showed that, by an eight-point margin (51–43), Americans believe that government does too much. And Republicans are the party of smaller government. Moreover, onrushing economic exigencies — crushing debt, unsustainable entitlements — will make the argument for smaller government increasingly unassailable.

Republicans lost the election not because they advanced a bad argument but because they advanced a good argument not well enough. Although Romney ran a solid campaign, he is by nature a Northeastern moderate. He sincerely adopted the new conservatism but still spoke it as a second language.

Excellent analysis from Dr. Krauthammer. Now that we are getting further and further away form the election things do not seem as bleak as they did when I woke up on Wednesday morning.

→ Dr. Krauthammer on President Obama’s Lack of an Agenda

An inspiring second-term agenda: subsidies for Big Bird and free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke.

Obama has two debates to come up with something better. If he can’t, he will double down on his “Romney the menace” line. It might still work. But a word of advice: Your administration having prevaricated unceasingly — and scandalously — about the massacre in Benghazi, I’d be cautious about the “he’s a liar” line of attack.

The next debate will be interesting. Governor Romney will not be as laid back as Congressman Ryan was if President Obama does go be as obnoxious as Vice President Biden was in the VP debate.

→ Dr. Krauthammer on how to Handle Iran

Dr. Charles Krauthammer on how to handle the impossible situation that is Iran1:

“There are times when the best way to prevent war is to clearly communicate that it is possible,” he argues. Today, the threat of a U.S. attack is not taken seriously. Not by the region. Not by Iran. Not by the Israelis, who therefore increasingly feel forced to act before Israel’s more limited munitions — far less powerful and effective than those in the U.S. arsenal — can no longer penetrate Iran’s ever-hardening facilities.

Dr. Krauthammer then outlines three actions that should be taken:

  1. Clear U.S. redlines.
  2. Make it clear to Iran that it has no successful options
  3. Give Iran a face-saving way out.

I agree with Dr. Krauthammer that “all options are bad.” The time for waiting idly by, however, is drawing to a close. As Dr. Krauthammer emphasizes, the worst action we can take at this point is to do nothing.


  1. Dr. Krauthammer’s plan is based on that of Anthony Cordesman, military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies 

→ Krauthammer on Romney’s Excellent Trip

The Warsaw leg was a triumph. Romney’s speech warmly embraced Poland’s post-Communist experiment as a stirring example of a nation committed to limited government at home and a close alliance with America abroad, even unto such godforsaken war zones as Afghanistan and Iraq, at great cost to itself and with little thanks.

Look at how Romney was received. In Israel, its popular prime minister lavished on him a welcome so warm as to be a near-endorsement. In Poland, Romney received an actual endorsement from Lech Walesa, former dissident, former president, Cold War giant, Polish hero.

Excellent breakdown from Dr. Krauthammer.