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Charles Krauthammer writes about politics and policy for The Washington Post's op-ed page.


Et tu, Jack Lew?

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:00:00 EST

The OMB director knows the Social Security trust fund is a fiction.

From Baghdad to Benghazi

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Everyone is a convert to George W. Bush's freedom agenda.

Rubicon: A river in Wisconsin

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Gov. Walker is about to show what fiscal seriousness really looks like.

Obama's Louis XV budget

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Obama's first post-commission budget marks a return to obliviousness.

From freedom agenda to freedom doctrine

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

Obama supports freedom in the abstract -- that's not enough.

Toward a soft landing in Egypt

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The military can guide the nation to fair elections, with a little help.

The old Obama in new clothing

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

What America wants doesn't interest Obama or stand a chance of becoming policy.

Everything starts with repeal

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

The whole Obamacare bill was gamed; repeal is crucial.

Massacre, followed by libel

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Don't link the Tucson tragedy to a 'climate of hate'; Loughner has a clinical disorder.


Fri, 07 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Its wide appeal and depth make it a promising first step to a conservative future.

Government by regulation. Shhh.

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

How to impose a liberal agenda on a center-right nation.

Obama's new start

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

Obama has leveled the playing the field for battles of the 112th Congress.

The new comeback kid

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Don't be fooled by thin-skinned temperament; Obama is a very smart man.

Swindle of the year

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Democrats are clueless if they don't view Obama's tax cut deal as a win.

Throw the WikiBook at them

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Let the world see a man who fears the long arm of American justice.

The irrelevance of START

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

What difference does it make how many nukes Russia builds?

Don't touch my junk

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

A docile public can only tolerate only so much idiocy at airports.

Why President Obama is right about India

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

The president's trip -- coconuts and all -- was worth every penny.

A return to the norm

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Republican wave of 2010 did little more than undo a two-year experiment in hyper-liberalism.

The great campaign of 2010

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 21:45:01 EDT

The great post-racial presidency ends with a desperate election-eve plea for ethnic retribution.

Obama Underappreciation Syndrome

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Democrats have anxiety-induced Obama Underappreciation Syndrome.

Your pre-election post-mortem

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

We don't need to wait for Nov. 2 with this pre-election post-mortem.

Media Files:

The Colbert Democrats

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

His comedy in Washington marked the end for the 111th Congress.

Why is Obama sending troops to Afghanistan?

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What kind of commander in chief sends troops to war announcing a fixed date for their withdrawal?

Visigoths at the gate?

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Fear-over-hope rides again, this time with Dems warning darkly about 'the Republican Tea Party.'

The Buckley rule

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If DeMint and Palin care about the GOP keeping the Senate, they should stump for O'Donnell.

Media Files:

Your move, Mr. Abbas

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Palestinian president knows very well how to undermine peace talks.

Media Files:

Our distracted commander in chief

Fri, 03 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama sees the war in Afghanistan as an unwanted interference with his true vocation.

The last refuge of a liberal

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The only hope for liberals is to play the race card.

Moral myopia at Ground Zero

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The pro-mosque liberal intelligentsia have failed to see the sensitivity surrounding Ground Zero.

Sacrilege at Ground Zero

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

America is a free country where you can build whatever you want -- but not anywhere.

Annals of executive overreach

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In a democracy, administrators administer the law; they don't change it.

Iran starts feeling heat

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Iranian regime realizes that even Obama's patience is limited.

Beware the lame duck

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

To pass major legislation in a lame-duck session would be a violation of democratic norms.

Media Files:

Obama's next act

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

I have a warning for Republicans: Don't underestimate Barack Obama.

Media Files:

The selective modesty of Barack Obama

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama is convinced of his own magnificence, and hardly any of his own country's.

Media Files:

Terror -- and candor in describing the Islamist ideology behind it

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The administration's refusal to identify terrorists reflects a dangerous cowardice.

Afghanistan: The 7/11 problem

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What worked after the surge in Iraq will not necessarily translate in Afghanistan.

Obama and the vision thing

Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama is world-historical, the visionary, come to make oceans recede and the planet heal.

The myth of Iran's 'isolation'

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama's strategy against Tehran hasn't worked.

Krauthammer: Those troublesome Jews

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Israel has every right to its blockade of Gaza, and here's why.

A disaster with many fathers

Fri, 28 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama is as responsible for the Gulf as Bush was for New Orleans.

The fruits of weakness

Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Brazil and Turkey deliver a gift to Iran. For that you can thank Barack Obama.

Media Files:

Modernizing Miranda: A new consensus

Fri, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's not often that I agree with Attorney General Eric Holder.

How to modernize Miranda for the Age of Terror

Fri, 07 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Let's reform Miranda in a way that takes the jihadist war into account.

For a Nats fan, joy is in the losing

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

For a Washington Nationals fan, the joy is in the losing.

Obama's nuclear strutting and fretting

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

At the nuclear summit, Obama failed to address the two greatest nuclear threats.

Nuclear posturing, Obama-style

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Does anyone really believe that our moral example will move other countries?

Obama's policy of slapping allies

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

How can you explain Obama's treatment of foreign allies?

Obamacare's next trick: the VAT

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It won't be long before we'll be paying European levels of taxation.

How Obama created the Biden incident

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Why did President Obama choose to turn a gaffe into a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations?

In praise of the rotation of power

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Our government's rotation of power is cause to celebrate.

Onward with Obamacare, regardless

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

The president will ram reform through, no matter what the public has said.

Toyota and the price of modernity

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Even the highest technology produced by the world's finest companies can be fallible and fatal.

It's nonsense to say the U.S. is ungovernable

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

To what extent is the office of the presidency unmanageable?

Closing the new frontier

Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Obama seems prepared to give up our spectacular lead in human space exploration.

The great peasant revolt of 2010

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Clinging to Obama's agenda will march you over a cliff.

The handling of the Christmas Day bombing suspect: the scandal grows

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

The real scandal surrounding the failed Christmas Day airline bombing was what happened afterward.

What Scott Brown's win means for the Democrats

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Most Democrats seem to have missed the memo from Massachusetts.

One year out: President Obama's fall

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

What went wrong? A year ago, he was king of the world. Now President Obama's approval rating, according to CBS, has dropped to 46 percent -- and his disapproval rating is the highest ever recorded by Gallup at the beginning of an (elected) president's second year.

Obama's Guantanamo obsession

Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Why are we more worried about a terrorist's Miranda rightsthan our risks?

Media Files:

A terrorist war Obama has denied

Fri, 01 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

The administration's response to terrorism has been incompetent and incomprehensible.

Media Files:

2009: The year of living fecklessly

Fri, 25 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Regarding Iran, it was a year of spectacularly squandered opportunity.

Media Files:

An anniversary of sorts

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Fighting the third wave of transformative liberalism -- FDR, then LBJ, now Obama.

Charles Krauthammer on the new socialism

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

In the name of environmentalism, the raid on Western treasuries is on again.

Obama's hollow speech on Afghanistan

Fri, 04 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Where was the will to prevail in Obama's Afghanistan speech?

Kill the bills. Do health reform right.

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

The Democrats have chosen the worst possible way to insure more people.

Media Files:

Charles Krauthammer on the perverse logic of Attorney General Eric Holder

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

A security nightmare, a terror threat, and a stage to proclaim the glory of jihad.

Charles Krauthammer on the media coverage of the Fort Hood shooting

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

The mass media would have you believe Nidal Hasan is a victim of PTSD. He's not.

Charles Krauthammer on the realignment myth of 2008

Fri, 06 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Why Obama's 2008 sweep was a historical anomaly.

Charles Krauthammer on Obama's Afghanistan 'drift'

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Is there anything he hasn't attacked George W. Bush for?

Charles Krauthammer on the White House vs. Fox News

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The White House has deliberately undermined America's democratic norms.

No Nobel Results From Obama Foreign Policy

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Amateurishness, wrapped in naivete, inside credulity.

Obama Indecisive About Afghan Strategy

Fri, 09 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Why is Obama demurring at the Afghanistan policy he previously endorsed?

Sarkozy Snubs Obama on Nuclear Threat Stance

Fri, 02 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Feel-good posturing on Iran is useless. Don't take it from me, take it from Sarkozy.

Irving Kristol: A Great Good Man

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The intellectual seeds that Irving Kristol planted are still sprouting.

Obama, Too Subtle to Lie, Misleads on Health Reform

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Obama's too subtle for that, but the evasions on health reform aren't selling.

Media Files:

Linking Bush to 9/11 Is Why Van Jones Had to Go

Fri, 11 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

There's no place in government for anyone buying into a disgusting myth.

Obama's Magic Evaporates in the Heat of the Health-Reform Debate

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The president's wax wings have melted -- and he has only himself to blame.

A Strategy to Save Obamacare, But at What Cost

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Are Democrats smart enough to adopt this clever exit strategy?

Honest Debate Needed on End-of-Life Talk

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It's not an outrage; there are no "death panels." But there would be a subtle pressure.

Media Files:

Preventive Care Isn't the Magic Bullet for Health Care Costs

Fri, 14 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Obama and others say it will cut health-care costs. Here's why they're wrong.

A Better Plan for Health-Care Reform

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It has just two points -- and unlike Obama's Rube Goldberg plan, it would work.

Obama Will Settle for Less on Health Care

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Forget health-care reform. He'll get health-insurance reform and declare victory.

Why Obamacare Is Sinking

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Why the president's signature reform is collapsing under its own weight.

Media Files:

40 Years After Apollo 11, America's Retreat From the Moon

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

How can we leave behind the wonder and glory of the moon?

Obama's Nuclear Arms Deal With Russia Is Plumage -- But at a Price

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 20:53:55 EDT

The 'Reset' Man got his plumage, but the U.S. got a bad nuclear deal.

Ricci Decision Moves Toward Equal Protection

Fri, 03 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Ricci case moves us closer to a colorblind society.

Iran's Revolution Needs a Leader

Fri, 26 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Without Mousavi's leadership, Iran's democratic uprising will quickly fade.

Media Files:

Obama Misses the Point With Iran Response

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

With the region hanging in the balance, Obama needs to take sides on Iran.

Barack Obama Surveys the World

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The president has a willingness to distort history for political effect.

Barack Obama's Israeli Settlements Canard

Fri, 05 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The president wishes not to dictate solutions, except to Jews in Israel.

A Republican Response to Sonia Sotomayor: Criticize, Then Confirm

Fri, 29 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

How Republicans should respond to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.

Obama Adopts the Bush Approach to the War on Terrorism

Fri, 22 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The president cribs from his predecessor's national security script.

Media Files:

The Torture Debate, Continued

Fri, 15 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The case for torture revisited after some spirited and stupid counter arguments.

The Hamas 'Peace' Gambit

Fri, 08 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Westerners may be stupid, but Palestinian terrorists are not.

The Use of Torture and What Nancy Pelosi Knew

Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It's an impermissible evil except in two circumstances, one of which occurred after 9/11.

Obama: The Grand Strategy

Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Obama's hidden plan to ration health care.

Media Files:

Barack Obama's 'New Foundation' - a Sting in Four Parts

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

If only his big ideas for health care and deficit reduction weren't constructed over sand.

It's Your Country Too, Mr. President

Fri, 10 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Diverting funds from our missile defense systems is a useless sideshow.