Posts Tagged ‘Charles Krauthammer’

One of My Hero’s: Charles Krauthammer

June 28, 2018

One of My Hero’s: Charles Krauthammer

I am so sad that he is gone.

I hope that you knew who he was and were informed by his massively intellectual and wise perspectives on the many people, places and things that he evaluated and commented about.

I hope you will soon read his excellent book, “Things That Matter”. 

I must respectfully disagree with Krauthammer’s harsh comments about President Trump who’s accomplishments, thus far in office, have eclipsed those of nearly all other American Presidents.

I do agree with Krauthammer that his style has too often been jarringly crude in comparison to nearly all of his predecessors. Perhaps Andrew Jackson was his equal in this respect.

Yet, so far, I remain convinced that President Trump is exactly what America needed at this moment in history. In the language of our nation’s Founding Fathers, perhaps Trump’s election to The Presidency of the United States of America was providential.

I will soon read another book by Dr. Krauthammer entitled, “Democratic Realism: An American Policy in a Unipolar World”. I expect that I will be better-off as a result.

Please consider the article that follows the two artistic tributes to Charles Krauthammer below.

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https://patriotpost.us/opinion/56720-charles-krauthammer-pulitzer-prize-winning-columnist-dies-at-68

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 6/28/18

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Read “Things That Matter”, by Charles Krauthammer

August 5, 2014

Read “Things That Matter”, by Charles Krauthammer

I judge that Charles Krauthammer is the most articulate, incisive, accurate and correct of all modern media commentators.

I highly recommend his new book, “Things That Matter”. It provides amazing perspectives on virtually all things that will matter to you.

I recently listened to the audio version of this book on my way to and from the U.P. of Michigan.

One of his expositions shook me to the core and I have thought of it often ever since. It was his unforgettable discussion the fact that, so far, we appear to be alone in the universe. An unimaginably vast universe with countless planets that could support!! intelligent life.

How could this be so?!  Of course Judeo/Christian doctrine provides one answer: God created us, and only us, on Planet Earth.

Charles Krauthammer provides yet another foreboding possibility based upon the likely universality of “intelligent” self-destruction.

The following is an unforgettable intellectual feast, and there is much more where this came from.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/are-we-alone-in-the-universe/2011/12/29/gIQA2wSOPP_story.html

V. Tom Mawhinney,  8/5/14

“This is nuts”—Charles Krauthammer

January 12, 2010

This is nuts”–Charles Krauthammer

I hope you will read the following article by columnest Charles Krauthammer.

Obama’s Gitmo obsession is not rooted in the real world

By Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Nigerian would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was indicted by a Michigan grand jury for attempted murder and sundry other criminal charges. The previous day, the State Department announced that his visa had been revoked. The system worked.

 Well, it did for Abdulmutallab. What he lost in flying privileges he gained in Miranda rights. He was singing quite freely when seized after trying to bring down Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit. But the Obama administration decided to give him a lawyer and the right to remain silent. We are now forced to purchase information from this attempted terrorist in the coin of leniency. Absurdly, Abdulmutallab is now in control.

And this is no ordinary information. He was trained by al-Qaeda in Yemen, and just days after he was lawyered up and shut up, the U.S. was forced to close its embassy in Yemen because of active threats from the same people who had trained and sent Abdulmutallab.

 This is nuts. Even if you wanted ultimately to try him as an ordinary criminal, he could have been detained in military custody — and thus subject to military interrogation — without prejudicing his ultimate disposition. After all, every Guantanamo detainee was first treated as an enemy combatant and presumably interrogated. But some (most notoriously Khalid Sheik Mohammed) are going to civilian trial. That determination can be made later.

 John Brennan, President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, professes an inability to see any “downsides” to treating Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal — with a right to remain silent — a view with which 71 percent of likely voters sensibly disagree.

 The administration likes to defend itself by invoking a Bush precedent: Wasn’t the shoe bomber treated the same way?

 Yes. And it was a mistake, but in the context of the time understandable. That context does not remotely exist today.

 Richard Reid struck three months after 9/11. The current anti-terror apparatus was not in place. Remember: This was barely a month after President Bush authorized the creation of military commissions and before that system had been even set up. Moreover, the Pentagon at the time was preoccupied with the Afghan campaign that brought down the Taliban in two months. The last major Taliban city, Kandahar, fell just two weeks before Reid tried to ignite his shoe on an airplane.

 To be sure, after a few initial misguided statements, Obama did get somewhat serious about the Christmas Day attack. First, he instituted high-level special screening for passengers from 14 countries, the vast majority of which are Muslim with significant Islamist elements. This is the first rational step away from today’s idiotic random screening and toward, yes, a measure of profiling — i.e., focusing on the population most overwhelmingly likely to be harboring a suicide bomber.

Obama also sensibly suspended all transfers of Yemenis from Guantanamo. Nonetheless, Obama insisted on repeating his determination to close the prison, invoking his usual rationale of eliminating a rallying cry and recruiting tool for al-Qaeda.

 Imagine that Guantanamo were to disappear tomorrow, swallowed in a giant tsunami. Do you think there’d be any less recruiting for al-Qaeda in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, London?

 Jihadism’s list of grievances against the West is not only self-replenishing but endlessly creative. Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa commanding universal jihad against America cited as its two top grievances our stationing of troops in Saudi Arabia and Iraqi suffering under anti-Saddam sanctions.

Today, there are virtually no U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia. And the sanctions regime against Iraq was abolished years ago. Has al-Qaeda stopped recruiting? Ayman al-Zawahiri often invokes Andalusia in his speeches. For those not steeped in the multivolume lexicon of Islamist grievances, Andalusia refers to Iberia, lost by Islam to Christendom — in 1492.

 This is a fanatical religious sect dedicated to establishing the most oppressive medieval theocracy and therefore committed to unending war with America not just because it is infidel but because it represents modernity with its individual liberty, social equality (especially for women) and profound tolerance (religious, sexual, philosophical). You going to change that by evacuating Guantanamo?

Nevertheless, Obama will not change his determination to close Guantanamo. He is too politically committed. The only hope is that perhaps now he is offering his “recruiting” rationale out of political expediency rather than real belief. With suicide bombers in the air, cynicism is far less dangerous to the country than naivete.

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The previous article by Charles Krauthammer appeared in many newspapers across this Nation. It was reproduced from Townhall.com.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.     1/13/10

Gagging On Green

December 17, 2009

Gagging On Green

The following article by Charles Krauthammer is one that every voting citizen should read.  Every thinking individual has a deep concern for protecting our environment against brainless and wanton destruction. However, I am starting to gag on green.

 The “green movement”  has now evolved into what appears to be a ‘true believer’s” sanctimonious religion in concert with disguised political alliances who strive to redistribute world wealth, from richer to poorer nations. This theme  appears to be a massively enhance version of what is currently happening in American politics at this moment. The confluence of these evolutions could be disastrous.

Yes, there are ligitmate environmental concerns. And I am left to fearfully wonder if the micro examples of  explosive life-plumes in rich ecosystems do not foreshadow humankinds unalterable fate at the macro level.  These small ecological life-plumes that explode into existence, flourish, consume and destroy their sustaining resources, and then they die-0ut.

Anyway, it is hard to see that massive global income redistribution under the guise of environmentalism will solve our global human ecological life-plume problem.

On the other hand, it is easy to see that such a strategy can “kill the geese that lay the golden technological eggs” that may help solve ecological our delimma.  The consequences of this outcome could be as dire as those assumed by the global warming movement.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

The following is Charles Krauthammer’s article, The New Socialism. This article appeared at Townhall.com and in this Nation’s newspapers.

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WASHINGTON — In the 1970s and early ’80s, having seized control of the U.N. apparatus (by power of numbers), Third World countries decided to cash in. OPEC was pulling off the greatest wealth transfer from rich to poor in history. Why not them? So in grand U.N. declarations and conferences, they began calling for a “New International Economic Order.” The NIEO’s essential demand was simple: to transfer fantastic chunks of wealth from the industrialized West to the Third World.

On what grounds? In the name of equality — wealth redistribution via global socialism — with a dose of post-colonial reparations thrown in.

 The idea of essentially taxing hard-working citizens of the democracies in order to fill the treasuries of Third World kleptocracies went nowhere, thanks mainly to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher (and the debt crisis of the early ’80s). They put a stake through the enterprise.

 But such dreams never die. The raid on the Western treasuries is on again, but today with a new rationale to fit current ideological fashion. With socialism dead, the gigantic heist is now proposed as a sacred service of the newest religion: environmentalism.

 One of the major goals of the Copenhagen climate summit is another NIEO shakedown: the transfer of hundreds of billions from the industrial West to the Third World to save the planet by, for example, planting green industries in the tristes tropiques.

 Politically it’s an idea of genius, engaging at once every left-wing erogenous zone: rich man’s guilt, post-colonial guilt, environmental guilt. But the idea of shaking down the industrial democracies in the name of the environment thrives not just in the refined internationalist precincts of Copenhagen. It thrives on the national scale too.

 On the day Copenhagen opened, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claimed jurisdiction over the regulation of carbon emissions by declaring them an “endangerment” to human health.

Since we operate an overwhelmingly carbon-based economy, the EPA will be regulating practically everything. No institution that emits more than 250 tons of CO2 a year will fall outside EPA control. This means over a million building complexes, hospitals, plants, schools, businesses and similar enterprises. (The EPA proposes regulating emissions only above 25,000 tons, but it has no such authority.) Not since the creation of the Internal Revenue Service has a federal agency been given more intrusive power over every aspect of economic life.

 This naked assertion of vast executive power in the name of the environment is the perfect fulfillment of the prediction of Czech President (and economist) Vaclav Klaus that environmentalism is becoming the new socialism, i.e., the totemic ideal in the name of which government seizes the commanding heights of the economy and society.

 Socialism having failed so spectacularly, the left was adrift until it struck upon a brilliant gambit: metamorphosis from red to green. The cultural elites went straight from the memorial service for socialism to the altar of the environment. The objective is the same: highly centralized power given to the best and the brightest, the new class of experts, managers and technocrats. This time, however, the alleged justification is not abolishing oppression and inequality but saving the planet.

 Not everyone is pleased with the coming New Carbon-Free International Order. When the Obama administration signaled (in a gesture to Copenhagen) a U.S. commitment to major cuts in carbon emissions, Democratic Sen. Jim Webb wrote the president protesting that he lacks the authority to do so unilaterally. That requires congressional concurrence by legislation or treaty.

 With the Senate blocking President Obama’s cap-and-trade carbon legislation, the EPA coup d’etat served as the administration’s loud response to Webb: The hell we can’t. With this EPA “endangerment” finding, we can do as we wish with carbon. Either the Senate passes cap-and-trade, or the EPA will impose even more draconian measures: all cap, no trade.

 Forget for a moment the economic effects of severe carbon chastity. There’s the matter of constitutional decency. If you want to revolutionize society — as will drastic carbon regulation and taxation in an energy economy that is 85 percent carbon-based — you do it through Congress reflecting popular will. Not by administrative fiat of EPA bureaucrats.

Congress should not just resist this executive overreaching, but trump it: Amend existing clean air laws and restore their original intent by excluding CO2 from EPA control and reserving that power for Congress and future legislation.

Do it now. Do it soon. Because Big Brother isn’t lurking in CIA cloak. He’s knocking on your door, smiling under an EPA cap.


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