Charles Krauthammer

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So Miranda Didn't Blow This Case—but It Could Have!

Treat terrorists as enemy combatants, or we endanger civilians

(Newser) - America must update its approach to investigating terrorists, argues Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . It's great that Faisal Shahzad kept talking after being read his Miranda rights, but what if he stopped? His silence could have put people at risk. "We should treat enemy combatants as enemy combatants,... More »

Bill O'Reilly: The Mexicans Are Invading

The US-Mexican border should be treated like that between North and South Korea

(Newser) - According to Bill O’Reilly, America doesn’t just have an illegal immigration problem, it’s under attack. “There is an invasion of the United States going on. We wouldn’t have 12 million illegal aliens if there weren’t an invasion,” O’Reilly said yesterday. “There... More »

Get Ready for a National Sales Tax

VAT will be only way to cover health-care costs

(Newser) - European-style taxes will follow European-style health care entitlement as surely as night follows day, warns Charles Krauthammer. ObamaCare, when you remove the "budgetary gimmicks," will add trillions to the national debt, leaving the president's deficit reduction committee with no option but to call for the introduction of value-added... More »

Obama Created US-Israel Crisis

Administration 'turned gaffe into showdown'

(Newser) - Israel's announcement of settlement expansion in Jerusalem during Joe Biden's visit was lousy timing, but President Obama has turned this "gaffe" into a crisis, writes Charles Krauthammer. The Israelis did their best to smooth it over but the administration used the incident to tell Israel it had to show... More »

America Is Governable— Just Not by This Man

Talk of systemic problems is whining because Obama failed: Krauthammer

(Newser) - There’s been a lot of crowing from liberals that the US is “ungovernable” because President Obama has not been able to enact key parts of his domestic agenda. Charles Krauthammer has heard the “usual litany of systemic explanations" before—this moment in history smacks of the Carter... More »

Underwear Bomber's Treatment a Travesty

Detroit suspect read Miranda rights without counter-terror chiefs' approval

(Newser) - Charles Krauthammer finds the Obama administration's handling of accused bomb plotter Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab more scandalous with every new bit of information that emerges. The Justice Department decided to read the underwear bomber his Miranda rights after just 50 minutes of questioning and they didn't consult with the heads of... More »

Obama Should Get Over His Gitmo Obsession

And Detroit terror suspect should be in military custody

(Newser) - Charles Krauthammer finds the White House decision to try the Detroit terror suspect as a civilian nothing short of idiotic: A guy who was "singing quite freely" when he was seized was suddenly "lawyered up and shut up." Even if they wanted to try him eventually as... More »

With Iran in Turmoil, Obama Can't Squander Another Year

Ticking nuclear clock won't allow many more missed chances

(Newser) - By not throwing his support to Iran’s struggling opposition movement, President Obama should be looking back with regret on “a year of spectacularly squandered opportunity,” Charles Krauthammer writes. Citing Obama’s “scandalous silence,” and his “relentless engagement with the murderous regime” of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,... More »

Health Care Bill a Bloated Mess

Two-thousand page monster is 'irredeemable'

(Newser) - The Senate heath care reform bill is an “irredeemable” mess that would create “an overregulated, overbureaucratized system of surpassing arbitrariness and inefficiency,” rails Charles Krauthammer. The problem with our system is that it’s complicated and inefficient, and therefore expensive. But the 2,074-page Senate bill would... More »

KSM Trial Will Be a Perverse Farce

It will be like rereleasing ' 9/11—the Director's Cut '

(Newser) - Everybody knows that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is never going to walk free, and that makes the logic behind Eric Holder's decision to give him a civilian trial in New York all the more puzzling, writes Charles Krauthammer. With the 9/11 not just the most destructive terrorist attack, "but the... More »

Time to Act Presidential on Afghanistan

After 'yearlong drift,' Obama can't keep passing buck to Bush

(Newser) - President Obama loves to blame things on George W. Bush, and on Monday he did it again, referring to the “long years of drift in Afghanistan.” He must be trying to “explain away his own, well, yearlong drift on Afghanistan,” writes Charles Krauthammer . In March, Obama... More »

Obama Assault on Fox News Is 'Nixonian'

White House needs to recognize the legitimacy of opposition

(Newser) - The Obama administration is over the line in its war on Fox News, seeking not only to criticize it, but to delegitimize and marginalize it, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post. “There’s nothing illegal about such search-and-destroy tactics,” he argues, but they do violate “Madisonian... More »

Pres. Hamlet Must Send in His Troops

Krauthammer: Dems have to get serious about Afghanistan

(Newser) - It’s time for Democrats, particularly President Obama, to get serious about the war in Afghanistan, writes Charles Krauthammer. From John Kerry on, Democrats have campaigned on the cynical political calculation that Afghanistan was the “good war.” But now that it’s time to send troops into that... More »

Obama Doesn't Lie—But He Does Mislead

President slides by on half-truths on health care: Krauthammer

(Newser) - Joe Wilson wasn’t quite right. President Obama doesn’t lie, exactly, writes Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post, but he still has an odd “relationship to the truth.” For example, Obama promised to veto any bill that grew the deficit, then with his very next sentence promised... More »

Obama's 'Spell is Broken'

Misreading his mandate and talking down to subjects makes president 'ordinary'

(Newser) - President Obama's big-government dreams have turned him into a modern-day Icarus, Charles Krauthammer writes for the Washington Post. “His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth.” The magic is gone after “a disastrous summer” of “mistaking his mandate, believing his press,... More »

Krauthammer Hails Fox News as 'Alternate Reality'

Krauthammer calls network an American treasure

(Newser) - The New York Post awarded Charles Krauthammer a prize yesterday, and the veteran neocon columnist used his acceptance speech to praise "the genius of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes" for the miracle of Fox News. The network "created an alternate reality," he said, offering an alternative to... More »

Obama's Settlement Demands 'Dishonorable'

(Newser) - President Obama’s insistence that Israel stop building or expanding West Bank settlements is “dishonorable and self-defeating,” writes Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post. Hillary Clinton’s call to end “natural growth” expansions is especially ridiculous. “Is the peace process moribund because a teacher in the... More »

Krauthammer: Right's Thorn in Obama's Side

Post columnist the only coherent voice in a fractured opposition

(Newser) - In 2006, Charles Krauthammer urged Barack Obama to run for president, guaranteeing he’d lose. That didn’t exactly work out, but Obama’s rise has been good for the Washington Post columnist, who has become the central anti-Obama voice, writes Ben Smith in Politico. His writing drips with a... More »

'Moral Calculus' Made Torture OK: Krauthammer

Krauthammer doing 'moral calculus'

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi’s “contemptible hypocrisy” on the torture issue tells us a great deal about the “moral calculus” behind the issue, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post. “Our jurisprudence has the ‘reasonable man’ standard,” he argues, which asks a jury to decide what a... More »

Obama's Secret Plan to Control Your Healthcare

President serves candy now, spinach later: Krauthammer

(Newser) - President Obama is going to need more than a “cash-cow carbon tax” to fund his goals of “nationalized health care” and “federalized education,” writes Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post. Obama’s going to have to slash Social Security and Medicare. But his current health plan... More »

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