Stories By Charles Krauthammer

  • Charles Krauthammer: The authoritarian temptation - - - This column is excerpted from Charles Krauthammer's 2017 essay "The Authoritarian Temptation," published in his posthumous book, "The Point of It All." The book and column were edited by his son, Daniel Krauthammer. - - - On Nov. 9,...
  • The central axiom of partisan politics Liberals believe that human nature is fundamentally good. The fact that this is contradicted by, oh, 4,000 years of human history simply tells them how urgent is the need for their next seven-point program for the social reform of everything.
  • This is the final verdict — my fight is over My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking.
  • Charles Krauthammer: A note to readers I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I'm afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me. In August of last year, I underwent...
  • America does right amid Trumpian chaos At five separate junctures, the sinews of our democracy held against the careening recklessness of this presidency.
  • The lessons in Sessions vs. Trump Trump relishes such a cat-and-mouse game and, by playing it so openly, reveals a deeply repellent vindictiveness in the service of a pathological need to display dominance.
  • What to do for little Charlie Gard There is only one real question. What’s best for Charlie? But because he can’t speak for himself, we resort to a second question: Who is to speak for him?
  • Bungled collusion is still collusion This is not hearsay, not fake news, not unsourced leaks. This is an email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. himself.
  • War with North Korea is unthinkable, acquiescence is not. We did it when China went nuclear under Mao Zedong.
  • Why do they even play the game? If the pain of losing is worse than the joy of winning, you have to wonder why many — wealthy and talented — are even competing.
  • The great Muslim civil war — and us At stake is consolidation of the Shiite Crescent, with Iran the dominant regional power and Russia the hegemon. It’s already underway.
  • Governing by the id What Trump doesn’t quite understand is that for him — indeed, for anyone — his tweets are a direct conduit from the unfiltered id. And the world is reading.
  • Committing to dying for Estonia, a matter of deterrence Deterrence does not depend on 100 percent certainty that the other guy will go to war if you cross a red line. Given the stakes, merely a chance of that happening can be enough.
  • Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states publicly declaring war on their bastard terrorist child is significant. As is their pledge not to tolerate any semiofficial support or private donations.
  • For Trump, strengthen the guardrails of democracy Nothing can escape the black hole of a three-part presidential meltdown.
  • Comey had to go, but not this way It’s implausible that Trump, a man notorious for being swayed by close and loyal personal advisers, fired Comey on the recommendation of a sub-Cabinet official whom Trump hardly knew and who’d been on the job all of two weeks.
  • Trump ‘normalized’ but still scary We had agreed with Seoul that they would provide the land and the infrastructure, and we would pay the $1 billion cost. Without warning, Trump reneges on the deal, saying South Korea will have to foot the bill.
  • Charles Krauthammer: Trump: ‘normalized’ but still scary With near unanimity, my never-Trump friends confess a sense of relief. It could have been worse. They thought it would be worse. A deep apprehension still endures but the international order remains intact, the republic still stands, and no “enemy...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Trump: ‘normalized’ but still scary With near unanimity, my never-Trump friends confess a sense of relief. It could have been worse. They thought it would be worse. A deep apprehension still endures but the international order remains intact, the republic still stands, and no “enemy...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Trump: ‘normalized’ but still scary A deep apprehension still endures but the international order remains intact, the republic still stands, and no “enemy of the people” has (yet) been arrested. Admittedly, this is a low bar. [...] this is not to deny the insanity, incoherence and...