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October 27, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Krauthammer on Obama

Let’s be real

I have always had a sincere respect for Charles Krauthammer. He has generally presented a reasoned and conservative argument in his column, without ranting and raving like his far-right colleagues. However, I fail to see much real value in his arguments against Sen. Barack Obama [“Obama, not McCain is playing the race card,” syndicated columnist, Oct. 19].

“A foreign-policy novice”? Yet Krauthammer has consistently supported “foreign-policy novice” President George W. Bush’s leadfooted, inexplicable foreign-policy bumbles.

At least Sen. Barack Obama has the self-awareness to choose a running mate who is perhaps the best foreign-policy adviser in the Senate, while Bush surrounded himself with neocons and isolationists who helped drag us into this lonely, useless war in Iraq.

As for the surge: Yes, it worked. It bought us more time, but not victory. The surge was intended to buy time and it succeeded. Where is Krauthammer’s advice on what to do, long term, about Iraq? Where is Sen. John McCain’s advice?

And, lest you think me starry-eyed over an Obama presidency, these “conservative ship-jumpers” are comfortable about jumping ship because they don’t have to jump very far.

Their support for Obama is more like a jump back to the middle, away from the far fringes where the GOP has allowed itself to go over the last decade or more.

— Toni Cross, Seattle

With a wet finger in the air

I have appreciated reading the different views espoused by Charles Krauthammer in past weeks, but I am sorry he hasn’t “seen the light” like many of his other Republican constituents.

His misconstrued conclusions are frightening. Who do I want answering that proverbial phone at 3 a.m.?

Certainly not the man who acts on “instinct” alone to identify aggressors. A man he says “who doesn’t have to consult his advisers.”

In my opinion, Sen. John McCain put his so-called wet finger in the air and chose Gov. Sarah Palin — a profoundly inappropriate choice as running mate for these perilous times.

For this lack of sound judgment, I believe Krauthammer needs to reconsider and rethink his conclusions about McCain, as so many respected Republicans have done in recent weeks. These Republicans are the ones I believe are thinking deeply of all the problems and possible consequences of this election. They are the ones who are putting their country first.

— Margaret Keeler, Kirkland

Hang up the phone

Now that Charles Krauthammer has brought up that old, fear-inducing phrase, “Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.,” I have just two words for him: Gov. Sarah Palin. I won’t bother responding to a single other issue because it is enough to know that Sen McCain was willing to make an entirely cynical, political choice in order to win the race.

Luckily, it has backfired.

Even if McCain is the best person in the universe to answer the phone at 3 a.m., his age and health suggest he is willing to risk the country with one of the most unqualified candidates he could have chosen.

If Krauthammer doesn’t want to risk that phone call on “a man who’s been cramming on these issues for the last year,” how about risking America on someone who knows nothing about the position of vice president, thinks real Americans are only people like her and Todd [Palin’s husband], has no awareness of the tremendous medical value of fruit-fly research, and is willing to use her high-school, mean-girl charisma to present her opinions.

— Harriet Husbands, Seattle

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