Krauthammer on Obama, Gitmo

Washington Post: ‘Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Gitmo Obsession’

When it comes to political commentary, Charles Krauthammer is a god. If kids weren’t so gosh-darned cruel, I might name my next child after him. No, not “Charles.” That’s overdone. I’d go full “Krauthammer,” though “Krauthammer Schreiber” is a little too Hogan’s Heroes for today’s day and age.

All kidding aside, in this piece he runs the gamut when it comes to this administration and not only its attitude toward the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, but also its attitude toward the fight against radical Islam as well.

First, he addresses the treatment of underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a criminal:

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.

Then, he responds to the argument by the White House and supporters of this president that the Bush administration treated Richard Reid–the Shoe Bomber–in the same manner as Abdulmutallab:

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

And, on the typical leftie assertion that the Guantanamo Bay facility is a recruiting tool for radicalized Muslims:

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, al-Qaeda’s No. 2, 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?

Brilliant all around. But that’s why he gets paid the big bucks, and why anything he writes is automatically considered Assigned Reading here at America’s Right.



  1. Boston Blackie says:

    LMAO – I can’t get enough for Charles myself, but I drawn the line on naming your next kid Krauthammer Schreiber. Make sure you don’t suggest this to Joanna when and if she becomes pregnant. I would be a character witness for her when she drills a pencil between your eyes.

    I tired of hearing the same arguments by the Obamama koolaid drinkers, Bush did it so we can do it. Did Bush sink the Titanic and kidnap the Lindberg child as well. He is to blame for the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. Now Obamama wants us to believe al-Qaeda is only attacking us because of Gitmo!?!
    I believe the attacks began BEFORE Gitmo but I may be wrong on the timeline. Obamama can’t really be this stupid and naive can he????
    As Charles clearly states, this all started when Bush 41 stationed troops in Saudia Arabia during Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait’s oil fields. OBL declared that the infidels had soiled the holy land and they all must die for it. Maybe if Obamama paid attention to current events during the early 90′s instead of defending ACORN he might remember this and start calling it what it is – war.

  2. William A. Rose says:

    Oh, I don’t know, Jeff. You remember the song by Cash about a boy named Sue. You can bet he was one tough customer!

    Just imagine if someone were to name a boy with a biblical name – Arphaxad (Noah’s grandson). The poor kid probably needed a few extra years to learn to spell it, and the other kids probably wanted to pound the snot out of him every day. I bet he was a tough kid.

    Sorry. I digress.

  3. Jack Ott says:

    Jeff, there are laws against cruelty to children.

    It is too bad that there are not similar laws against empty, irrational excuses of the type that the Obama Adminstration comes up with. Unfortunately, there are still far too many denizens of the Far Left who do not have even enough intelligence to have it insulted by the illogical words that flow from the teleprompter to the audience without any intermediate passage through Obama’s brain.

  4. Biene Vallee says:

    I’m studying Zen to untie the knots in my gut. I can’t get my brain together long enough to write a good letter to Sen. Boxer to please cease and desist with this awful healthcare bill she is attempting to ram through into legislation and condemning those of us over 70 into forced suicide/no decent health care and helping to bankrupt my California with that ridiculous global warming hoax. I need the jokes. Thank you so much! (Have you given any thought to the meaning of krauthammer?)

  5. NoCrud says:

    Krauthammer is definitely good. When he’s on the FOX News panels, he’s the one I listen to. There is no coddling there but also no condescension. Of all the commentators, he could well set the pattern for the others and never be faulted for his open honesty. He’s my kind of newsman. Thanks for this sampling of his wisdom on the news scene.

  6. SenatorMark4 says:

    Krauthammer Krauthammer Krauthammer! What more can you say? There are few commentators with such a clear vision of where we currently are in the Obama administration. It helps. The problem is that there are very few talking heads that are prepared to submit a list of policy options they want to stand behind and defend over the coarse of the next few months leading up to the 2010 midterms. It is much easier for them to watch Obama and whine than spend the time, like our founders did, of actually analyzing what needs to be done. Explicitly. Concisely. With Krauthammer feeling!

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