The Genius of Charles Krauthammer

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Goldwater said:
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His sentences are short and full of punch. And he has a rare ability to distill issues and ideas down to compact, searing polemics. Consequently, his columns have done immense damage to Barack Obama. No wonder the Irish Left hates him so much, writing non-stop whinge letters to the Irish Times calling for his column to be dropped. The Irish Left's campaign against his predecessor Mark Steyn intimidated the IT into dropping his column. Let's hope it doesn't happen to his successor. As a John McCain supporter, I want to salute the unique genius of Charles Krauthammer.
Hear hear.

A scintillating polemiscist who has an unerring ability to cut through the noise and ******** and distill the issues down to their core components. His dissection today of the hyprocrisy and cant of Obama was magisterial and unanswerable.

I notice at least one letter a week from pathetic anti-intellectual leftists unable to handle opposing points of view calling for him to be axed. Thankfully to date Madam has stood firm. In doing so she has provided an invaluable service to her readers and, no doubt, most of her journalists. Neocons are despised and dismissed here as oil-deranged loons with no knowledge or understanding of the rest of the world outside of Washington DC. Any fair reader of Krauthammer would have to acknowledge that, even if he completely disagreed with the politics, there is a supremely serious and engaged mind at work

It's bizarre to see someone with the 'Goldwater' moniker spout such gibberish, as Goldwater was not a neo-con.
 


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Krauthammer's article about two years ago about how civilian casualties in Iran needn't trouble us, as they are, after all, 'Mahdi' who long for death, was a particularly revolting example of the neo-'conservative' 'philosophy'.

The 'left-liberals' needn't bother with their letter writing.

His own words are sufficient to damn him.
 

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Purely judging Krauthammer as a writer, as distinct from agreeing or disagreeing with the content of what he writes, he does what most good opinion writers do - which is to make statements throughout his articles that are presented as self-evident facts, but are in fact no more than opinions. The trick is to write in such a way that the reader accepts those statements (which are always essential to his argument), rather than challenging them - and he does that very well. Read through todays article, even, and you'll see what I mean.
 

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pluralist said:
Krauthammer's article about two years ago about how civilian casualties in Iran needn't trouble us.
If someone said the same about the civilian casualties of 9/11 we'd see a whole different attitude from him.

I don't read the guy any more because what I have read from him in the past was half baked, ill considered, totally blinkered twaddle.

Steyn was a loon - made Kevin Myers seem like a rational polemicist.

Krauthammer is a parody of the NeoCon dingbats and some of the nonsense he has come out with would see him commited to an asylum if he lived in a more rational society.


I particularly love the sillyness upthread about "the left".

Krauthammer is so far out in WingNut territory that the vast majority of people on the right disown him. He is a parody. He is even beyond what Stephen Colbert would attempt to satirise.

That some can't see this is a huge opportunity for anyone selling Freedom Institute/Libertas memberships to the clueless.
 

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pluralist said:
[It's bizarre to see someone with the 'Goldwater' moniker spout such gibberish, as Goldwater was not a neo-con.
Well he was pretty right wing for his day. He did however give vent to the very attractive right wing mantra, "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue."
 

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Can the original poster that started this thread actually post a single, controversial article of Charles Krauthammer's which might prove useful in debating his contribution ?


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cyberianpan said:
Can the original poster that started this thread actually post a single, controversial article of Charles Krauthammer's which might prove useful in debating his contribution ?


cYp
I didn't start the thread, and not sure if you can do this but...

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER said:
In todays (Mondays) Irish Times:
Obama turns on his pastor in a display of blatant expediency

GUESS IT'S time to disown Granny, if Obama's famous Philadelphia "race" speech is to be believed. Of course, the speech was not just believed. It was hailed, celebrated, canonised as the greatest pronouncement on race in America since Lincoln at Cooper Union.

A New York Times columnist said it "should be required reading in classrooms across the country." College seniors and first-graders, suggested the excitable Chris Matthews.

Apparently there's been a curriculum change. On Tuesday, the good senator begged to extend and revise his previous remarks on race. Moral equivalence between Grandma and Wright is now, as the Nixon administration used to say, inoperative. Poor Geraldine Ferraro, thrice lashed by Obama in Philadelphia as the white equivalent of Wright's raving racism, is now off the hook.

These equivalences having been revealed as the cheap rhetorical tricks they always were, Obama has now decided that the man he simply could not banish because he had become part of Obama himself is, mirabile dictu, surgically excised.

At a news conference in North Carolina, Obama explained why he finally decided to do the deed. Apparently, Wright's latest comments - Obama cited three in particular - were so shockingly "divisive and destructive" that he had to renounce the man, not just the words.

What were Obama's three citations? Wright's claim that Aids was invented by the US government to commit genocide. His praise of Louis Farrakhan as a great man. And his blaming 9/11 on American "terrorism". But these comments are not new. These were precisely the outrages that prompted the initial furore when the Wright tapes emerged seven weeks ago.

Obama decided to cut off Wright not because Wright's words or character or views had suddenly changed. The only thing that changed was the venue in which Wright chose to display them - live on national TV at the National Press Club. That unfortunate choice destroyed Obama's Philadelphia pretence that this "endless loop" of sermon excerpts being shown on "television sets and YouTube" had been taken out of context.

Obama's Philadelphia oration was an exercise in contextualisation. In one particularly egregious play on white guilt, Obama had the audacity to suggest whites should be ashamed they were ever surprised by Wright's remarks: "The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright's sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour of American life occurs on Sunday morning."

That was then. On Tuesday, Obama declared that he himself was surprised at Wright's outrages.

But hadn't Obama told us that surprise about Wright is a result of white ignorance of black churches brought on by America's history of segregated services? How then to explain Obama's own presumed ignorance? Surely he too was not sitting in those segregated white churches on those fateful Sundays when he conveniently missed all of Wright's racist rants.

Obama's turning surprise about Wright into something to be counted against whites - one of the more clever devices in that shameful, brilliantly executed, 5,000-word intellectual fraud in Philadelphia - now stands discredited by Obama's own admission of surprise.

But Obama's liberal acolytes are not daunted. They were taken in by the first great statement on race: the Annunciation, the Chosen One comes to heal us in Philly. They now are taken in by the second: the Renunciation.

Obama's newest attempt to save himself after Wright's latest poisonous performance is now declared the new final word on the subject. Therefore, any future ads linking Obama and Wright are pre-emptively declared out of bounds, illegitimate, indeed "race-baiting" (New York Times editorial, April 30th).

On what grounds?

This 20-year association with Wright calls into question everything about Obama: his truthfulness in his serially adjusted stories of what he knew and when he knew it; his judgment in choosing as his mentor, pastor and great friend a man he just now realises is a purveyor of racial hatred; and the central premise of his campaign, that he is the bringer of a "new politics," rising above the old Washington ways of expediency.

It's hard to think of an act more blatantly expedient than renouncing Wright when his show, once done from the press club instead of the pulpit, could no longer be "contextualised" as something whites could not understand and only Obama could explain in all its complexity.

Turns out it was not that complex after all. Everyone understands it now. Even Obama.

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Whatever your view on him, he can turn a phrase, can Krauthammer.
 

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The genius of Charles Krauthammer.

This is good.

[video=youtube;Z7s-QGtnnSg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7s-QGtnnSg[/video]
 

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[video=youtube;WJzb1ES42bk]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJzb1ES42bk[/video]
 

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[video=youtube;MxtVXImUsWs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxtVXImUsWs[/video]
 

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[video=youtube;pH5yZxCvNOs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH5yZxCvNOs[/video]

Even Trump paid homage to Krauthammer, who did not want Trump to run for PotUSA.
 

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Krauthammer= a person who beats the shyte out of the Germans.
 

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When selling the invasion of Iraq he declared it would be a three week job, liars like him cost the US very dearly but served Israel ultimately. Only difference then and now is the US media is completely stuffed full of Krauthammers today.
 

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RIP Charles Krauthammer.

Agree or disagree, love or loathe, he was a formidable columnist and pundit.
 

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He was a typical racist, who thought that Western Liberalism is a universal theory with universal application. He was such a racist that he actually though the Western Liberals had a right to bomb anyone who didn't join their cult.
 

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He was a typical racist, who thought that Western Liberalism is a universal theory with universal application. He was such a racist that he actually though the Western Liberals had a right to bomb anyone who didn't join their cult.
Clown.
 

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A decade of so ago the Immigration Times published Krauthammer's syndicated column, but they soon got rid of it, just as they did with Mark Steyn and Kevin Myers. All is now conveniently leftist at the Immigration Times. Meanwhile apolitical traditionalists continue to pay 60 Euros monthly to be lectured by Fintan O'Toole. Having the rag tucked under one's arm is still seen as some kind of respectable, middle class badge of superiority. What is it with these people ?
 


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