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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: April 25, 2015 7:00 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a "very successful regional power." His wish -- a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states -- is becoming a reality. Consider:

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: April 17, 2015 7:00 AM
 

See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: April 10, 2015 7:00 AM
 
"Negotiations ... to prevent an Iranian capability to develop a nuclear arsenal are ending with an agreement that concedes this very capability ..."

     -- Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, The Wall Street Journal, April 8

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: March 27, 2015 7:00 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it's time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: March 20, 2015 7:00 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel's prime minister.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: March 13, 2015 7:00 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- She burned the tapes.

Had Richard Nixon burned his tapes, he would have survived Watergate. Sure, there would have been a major firestorm, but no smoking gun. Hillary Rodham was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Nixon. She saw. She learned.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: March 6, 2015 7:00 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing O in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to pre-emptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran negotiations.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: February 27, 2015 7:00 AM
 


WASHINGTON -- A sunset clause?

The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the "right to enrich." It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could continue construction of the Arak plutonium reactor. Yet so thoroughly was Iran stonewalling International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors that just last Thursday the IAEA reported its concern "about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed ... development of a nuclear payload for a missile."

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: January 26, 2015 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- While Iran's march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran's march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: January 17, 2015 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as The New York Times put it, "reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities."

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: December 5, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Old habits die hard. The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail to appreciate that the real internecine fight is being waged on the other side of the aisle..

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: November 17, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- It's not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism. This October 2013 video shows MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, a principal architect of Obamacare, admitting that, in order to get it passed, the law was made deliberately obscure and deceptive. It constitutes the ultimate vindication of the charge that Obamacare was sold on a pack of lies.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: November 8, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Memo to the GOP. You had a great night on Tuesday. But remember: You didn't win it. The Democrats lost it.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: October 31, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it's not.

First, like all U.S. elections, it's about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President Obama's 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: October 24, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government's handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: October 3, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- You can win midterm elections without a positive agenda. You can't win presidential elections that way. It is therefore vitally important for Republicans to win the Senate in 2014. Here's why.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: September 13, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: September 5, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said.

Idiotic, yes. You're the leader of the free world. Even if you don't have a strategy -- indeed, especially if you don't -- you never admit it publicly.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 30, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is highly exercised about "inversion," the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 22, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Baghdad called President Obama's bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.

They did. He responded.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 15, 2014 3:55 AM
 

"Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle."
-- Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10

WASHINGTON -- Leave it to Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 2, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis -- left, right and center -- of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that's only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America's Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: July 26, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it's for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: July 18, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: July 11, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- As is his wont, President Obama is treating the border crisis -- more than 50,000 unaccompanied children crossing illegally -- as a public relations problem. Where to photo op and where not. He still hasn't enunciated a policy. He may not even have one.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: June 20, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaida in Iraq when George W. Bush took office. But it is equally true that there was essentially no al-Qaida in Iraq remaining when Barack Obama took office.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: June 6, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- What is it with Susan Rice and the Sunday morning talk shows? This time she said Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had served in Afghanistan "with honor and distinction" -- the biggest whopper since she insisted the Benghazi attack was caused by a video.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: May 16, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Mass schoolgirl kidnapping in Nigeria -- to tweet or not to tweet? Is hashtagging one's indignation about some outrage abroad an exercise in moral narcissism or a worthy new way of standing up to bad guys?

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: May 10, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The Democrats are portraying the not-yet-even constituted House Select Committee on Benghazi as nothing but a partisan exercise.

They are even considering boycotting the hearings to delegitimize them.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: April 25, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Every once in a while a great, conflicted country gets an insoluble problem exactly right. Such is the Supreme Court's ruling this week on affirmative action. It upheld a Michigan referendum prohibiting the state from discriminating either for or against any citizen on the basis of race.

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