Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer
Charles Krauthammer
  • Born: March 13, 1950
  • Died: June 21, 2018
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Political Columnist, Author, Speechwriter, Psychiatrist

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[Describing a presidential campaign:] A three year diet of rubber chicken and occasional crow. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
After a while if you have low enough taxes you'll be bankrupt. Taxes
Between knowing and not knowing is not wanting to know. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country-and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. Media, Journalism & The Press
Executions are not psychological events for the healing of the victims’ families. They are moral events. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
If smallpox were a threat just to individuals, then it could be left up to individuals to decide whether or not they want to protect themselves. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
If we insist that public life be reserved for those whose personal history is pristine, we are not going to get paragons of virtue running our affairs. We will get the very rich, who will contract out the messy things in life: the very dull, who have nothing to hide and nothing to show: and the very devious, expert at covering their tracks and ambitious enough to risk their discovery. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Lotteries are a tax on the poor. Miscellaneous
One man’s whistleblower is another man’s snitch. Miscellaneous
People today expect a good economy the same way a they expect sunshine and good air. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
President Obama is permanently ambivalent . Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Revolutions that cannot resist regicide—the French and the Russian come to mind—have a way of ending badly. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Seeking the office of the Presidency implies that there is something a little bit wrong with you. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The destiny of Russia is unsettled. Miscellaneous
There are no straight line projections of cost in a war. Budgets & Budgeting
To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.
What passes for moderation in the Islamic community? …. Have any of these "moderates" ever protested the grotesque caricatures of Christians and, most especially, Jews that are broadcast throughout the Middle East on a daily basis? The sermons on Palestinian TV that refer to Jews as the sons of pigs and monkeys? The Syrian prime-time TV series that shows rabbis slaughtering a gentile boy to ritually consume his blood? The 41-part (!) series on Egyptian TV based on that anti-Semitic czarist forgery (and inspiration of the Nazis), "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," showing the Jews to be engaged in a century-old conspiracy to control the world? A true Muslim moderate is one who protests desecrations of all faiths. Those who don't are not moderates but hypocrites, opportunists and agents for the rioters, merely using different means to advance the same goal: to impose upon the West, with its traditions of freedom of speech, a set of taboos that is exclusive to the Islamic faith. These are not defenders of religion but Muslim supremacists trying to force their dictates upon the liberal West. Freedom & Liberty
When you run a campaign the idea is not to appeal to pundits but to appeal to people. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Whenever you read a spy story in the press, you know you are being spun. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
You can’t govern a country on charisma. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You cannot govern the United States from one house of the Congress. Legislating & Legislative Process
A drone is a high-tech version of an old army and a musket. It ought to be used in Somalia to hunt bad guys, but not in America. I don't want to see it hovering over anybody's home.
Americans are not intrinsically imperial, but we ended up dominant by default: Europe disappeared after the Second World War, the Soviet Union disappeared in 1991, so here we are. War & Peace
Baseball is a slow, boring, complex, cerebral game that doesn't lend itself to histrionics. You 'take in' a baseball game, something odd to say about a football or basketball game, with the clock running and the bodies flying.
Chess: It's like alcohol. It's a drug. I have to control it, or it could overwhelm me. I have a regular Monday night game at my home, and I do play a little online.
Clashes of values and the struggle for primacy constitute a constant in human history that accounts for that other constant - conflict and war. History ;War & Peace
Doves oppose war on the grounds that the risks exceed the gains. War with Iraq could be very costly, possibly degenerating into urban warfare. War & Peace
Every new president flatters himself that he, kinder and gentler, is beginning the world anew. Yet, when Barack Obama in his inaugural address reached out to Muslims by saying, 'To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,' his formulation was needlessly defensive and apologetic. Respect
Fairness through leveling is the essence of Obamaism.
I am not religious. I do not believe that personhood is conferred upon conception. But I also do not believe that a human embryo is the moral equivalent of a hangnail and deserves no more respect than an appendix. Respect
I began my journalistic career on the day Ronald Reagan was sworn in. That's the day I showed up for work at 'The New Republic' magazine. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I believe in what I believe, and I think after all these years I've heard a lot of arguments, and I'm convinced by the superiority of the arguments that are made on the conservative side. I think that's a better way to run a society. Society
I don't know about you, but I lie awake nights worrying about Canadian uranium. I know these people. I grew up there. You have no idea what they're capable of doing. If Sidney Crosby hadn't scored that goal to win the Olympic gold medal, there's no telling what might have ensued.
I don't mind going into a liberal lion's den. That's where you test yourself.
I envy people who write easily. I enjoy the process, but it's not easeful for me.
I happen to believe that the preemption school is correct, that the risks of allowing Saddam Hussein to acquire his weapons will only grow with time. Time
I have a horror of the blank page. I simply cannot write on a blank page or screen. Because once I do, I start to fix it, and I never get past the first sentence.
I think if you're going to master policy, especially world affairs, you've got to know history. History
I think the editorial page of the Washington Post is the best in the country. I think the editorials - considering it's a liberal town, liberal constituency and from the liberal tradition - I think it's the best editorial page around. It's quite balanced.
I was a Great Society liberal on domestic issues. People ask me, 'How do you go from Walter Mondale to Fox News?' The answer is, 'I was young once.' End of answer. Society
I would say I see myself as a psychiatrist in remission.
I would write my editorials using a manual typewriter in pitch-black darkness... I would produce the whole thing without having seen the text.
Ideas matter. Legislative proposals matter. Slick campaigns and dazzling speeches can work for a while, but the magic always wears off. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If Obama has his way, the change that is coming is a new America: 'fair,' leveled and social democratic. Obama didn't get elected to warranty your muffler. He's here to warranty your life. Life
If you believe that health care is a public good to be guaranteed by the state, then a single-payer system is the next best alternative. Unfortunately, it is fiscally unsustainable without rationing. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I'm a former Red Sox fan, now fully rehabilitated.
In the course of his presidency, Obama has gone from an almost magical charismatic figure to an ordinary politician. Ordinary. Average.
In the liberal remake of 'Casablanca,' the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to 'round up the usual weapons.' It's always the weapon and never the shooter.
It is an old liberal theme that conservative ideas, being red in tooth and claw, cannot possibly emerge from any notion of the public good.
Life and consciousness are the two great mysteries. Actually, their substrates are the inanimate. And how do you get from neurons shooting around in the brain to the thought that pops up in your head and mine? There's something deeply mysterious about that. And if you're not struck by the mystery, I think you haven't thought about it. Life
Newt Gingrich had to work hard - getting Republican candidates to sign the Contract with America - to nationalize the election that swept Republicans to victory in 1994. A Democratic anti-Tea Party campaign would do that for the Republicans - nationalize the election, gratis - in 2010. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Now this is a way to approach our healthcare problems: increase the number of tax collectors and decrease the number of doctors - brilliant!
Obama and the Democrats were so critical of what Bush did, the interrogations, the secret prisons, Guantanamo and all of that, and even the war on terror. Obama won't use the word. He's made war on the war on terror. War & Peace
Obama is a leveler. He has come to narrow the divide between rich and poor. For him the ultimate social value is fairness. Imposing it upon the American social order is his mission.
Obama is a man of first-class intellect and first-class temperament. But his character remains highly suspect.
Ron Paul is not going to be president, so we don't have to worry about who's going to be in his cabinet.
Science has everything to say about what is possible. Science has nothing to say about what is permissible. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
So far as I'm concerned, Ronald Reagan was the best president. Nixon was the worst. Some of his policies were okay, but he disgraced the office.
Ted Cruz is a patriot. He believes in what he does. He's done marvels in mobilizing conservatives, mobilizing Americans concerned about the direction of the ever-expanding entitlement state under Obama, and particularly the threat it is to freedom. I disagree with his tactics, but I agree entirely with his objectives. Freedom & Liberty
Ted Cruz is not the official spokesman for American conservatism. If you want somebody who has been out there, who has offered an alternative - the person who offered an alternative, for example, is... Paul Ryan.
The conservative idea is not that government has no role. You might have argued that in the thirties when conservatives opposed the New Deal. Government
The international community lies at the center of the Obama foreign policy. Unfortunately, it is a fiction. There is no such thing. Different countries have different histories, geographies, necessities, and interests. There's no natural, inherent, or enduring international community.
The Internet is a cauldron of anger every day, every year, election year or not, with unemployment at 10 percent or at two percent. It isn't exactly a good index of what's happening.
The joy of losing consists in this: Where there are no expectations, there is no disappointment.
The liberal vision of America is that it should be less arrogant, less unilateral, more internationalist. In Obama's view, America would subsume itself under a fuzzy internationalism in which the international community, which I think is a fiction, governs itself through the U.N.
The Obama foreign policy, in broad strokes, has been a disaster.
The one thing that's always been the center of my political thinking - and it goes back to when I was 19 and editor of my college paper - is an abhorrence of the extreme.
The U.N. is worse than disaster. The U.N. creates conflicts. Look at the disgraceful U.N. Human Rights Council: It transmits norms which are harmful, anti-liberty and anti-Semitic, among other things. The world would be better off in its absence.
The world is a Hobbesian state of nature in which the struggle for domination is the very essence of international life. Life ;Nature
There is a mystique about psychiatry that people think that you have some kind of a magical lens, you know, Superman's X-ray vision into the soul. One of the reasons I left psychiatry is that I didn't believe that.
There used to be a cruel joke that said Brazil is the country of the future, and always will be; Obama is the Brazil of today's politicians. He has obviously achieved nothing. Future
This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of 'cowards' perpetuating 'senseless acts of violence' is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such.
To his credit, Obama didn't just come to Washington to be someone. Like Reagan, he came to Washington to do something - to introduce a powerful social democratic stream into America's deeply and historically individualist polity.
Torture is an impermissible evil. Except under two circumstances. The first is the ticking time bomb. An innocent's life is at stake. The bad guy you have captured possesses information that could save this life. He refuses to divulge. In such a case, the choice is easy. Life ;Time
Under our constitutional system, the executive executes the laws that Congress has passed. It should not be executing laws that Congress has rejected.
When a party is in opposition, it opposes. That's its job. But when it comes to power, it must govern. Easy rhetoric is over, the press of reality becomes irresistible. By necessity, it adopts some of the policies it had once denounced. And a new national consensus is born. Power
When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back.
Whenever you're faced with an explanation of what's going on in Washington, the choice between incompetence and conspiracy, always choose incompetence.