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April 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Krauthammer on Obama

Support a step in the right direction

Charles Krauthammer is out of touch with the world today [“He came, he saw, he dissed his country,” Opinion, Charles Krauthammer column, April 12].

After eight years of unquestioning support for the failed foreign policy of the Bush administration, his response is to restate those policies and pretend that the United States can take a go-it-alone approach to foreign policy.

At least President Obama understands the need to move in a different direction. It may be difficult to forge consensus in the climate of mistrust that exists worldwide, but the president has taken a first step in the right direction.

— Paul Yarbrough, Kirkland

Caesar wouldn’t approve, either

Thank you, Charles Krauthammer, for saying it like it is.

Even Julius Caesar himself couldn’t have said it any better if he were to analyze Obama’s actions while representing our country at the G20. When Caesar sent his strong message in 47 B.C. to his opponents with his famous words, “Veni, vidi, vici,” he proudly reminded his critics that he came, saw and conquered.

When Obama went and saw his staunch European critics, he failed to conquer anything.

To the contrary, he blundered and apologized for America being America.

— Dee Tezellim, Seattle

Questioning German logic

I wonder if the “impeccable Germanic logic” that Charles Krauthammer attributed to Interior Minister Maria Fekter in his recent column is the same logic that led to the Franco-Prussian War of 1870? World War I? The failure of the Weimar Republic? The Anschluss? The Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact? The rise of the National Socialist party? World War II?

I also wonder if the German exceptionalism that exemplified that German party does not find an echo in the American exceptionalism that he espouses, but does not name. The outcome was not good in the former case; I wonder if it would be better in the latter.

— Robert Ackerman, Kirkland

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