Charles Krauthammer is a brilliant commentator. He is generally regarded as a conservative, although he served in the Carter administration and was a speech writer for Walter Mondale. And he holds what would be considered almost radical views on such things as legalized abortion and bio ethical issues. He opposes the death penalty and intelligent design. Yet on matters of foreign policy, you can find fewer clear heads.
His article today on the presidential election and his choice of candidates brings attention to a matter that really has faded a lot with current headlines concentrating on the economy in the U.S. and around the world.
The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the limits of revanchism. Plus the sure-to-come Falklands-like surprise popping out of nowhere.
Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who’s been cramming on these issues for the last year, who’s never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of “a world that stands as one”), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as “the tragedy of 9/11,” a term more appropriate for a bus accident?
Read the whole article here.