Charles Krauthammer: Strategic thinking – Why Hillary got it right

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  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    @Esquire. "She was a great Sec of State". As John Mac of tennis fame used to say, "Are you SERI

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Aug. 16, 2014 2:48 a.m.

    Sad to see how many different ways the obama worshipers have to come at this to make up excuses for the fool who thinks he is a president. Sad to see how far our country has sunk into a pathetic acceptance of 3rd rate efforts towards greatness. The stupidity of the question of what you would do different, only goes to affirm the entrenched brown nosing, worshipers employed in the debates when they attacked Romney for outsmarting bho on the idea of Russia as being our number one concern. Then we have the do nothing attitude (real original) of some of the other leftist brain trusts, which is basically the same ideas of slick willie, leaving all the heavy lifting to GWB. That is what we have to look forward to in 2016, finding someone adult enough to come in and clean up after the fool who is messing up now. Hopefully the country won't be voting a sympathy driven need to break new ground like we did the last 2 elections.

  • Alfred Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 15, 2014 11:08 p.m.

    "And another article criticizing what is being done with no suggestions on WHAT TO DO."

    Here's a suggestion... don't let another Democrat into the White House. And while you're at it... get Harry Reid out of the Senate.

    "For the sake of discussion, If Putin does invade Ukraine, what should the US do?"


    Actually, Ukraine's military just did a number on Putin's military convoy to Ukraine.

    @2 bits:
    "Especially Bill living in the White House with almost nothing to do..."

    He'd have to be kept away from the White House interns, for sure.

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 15, 2014 10:25 p.m.

    @John Charity Spring:
    "Why on earth would anyone trust Clinton to fix this mess?"

    A fairly large cadre of voters are not concerned with fixing perceived messes and will vote for her for other reasons. Females will vote for her because of her gender. People on the government dole will vote for her because Democrats are more prone to continue the dole. Hispanics will vote for her because Democrats seem to love illegal immigrants pouring into this country, unabated.

    Republicans will have a tough time beating that. But beat they must to save this country.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Aug. 15, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    Hey 2 bits -

    "He's a good politician... most popular person WORLD-Wide... I doubt that VERY much.. "

    Face it 2 bits, the citizens of the world absolutely DESPISED GW Bush.

    And they respect Bill Clinton.

    And the LOVE Obama. Obama is the most liked World Leader. Look it up.

    Clinton makes millions of dollars because people of the world want to hear him speak.

    Who wants to hear GW speak? . . . not even his former worshipers.

    World citizens LOVE American Democratic Presidents because Democrats look for win/win solutions, and Republicans (from the perspective of world citizens) just try to push everybody around.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    It's hilarious to watch the right wing get so upset at the mention of Clinton. They must really hate him because he blew away Bush and was such a better cores ident than W or the actor. The right's jealousy knows no bounds!

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 4:39 p.m.


    Wow... you're not the only Bill Clinton worshiper I've seen out there. His speech at the DNC Convention last time brought many of my friends to tears... said it was the best political speech they have ever heard.... I had to remind them that they always said the same thing every time Barack Obama gave a speech (BEFORE he became President).

    Maybe people OUT of office just give better speeches, I guess...

    He's a good politician... most popular person WORLD-Wide... I doubt that VERY much..

    Maybe if your world consists of just MSNBC viewers who feel a thrill run up their leg when they hear him speak.... FOR SURE he's the most popular person World-Wide to them (because their world is so small). But in the real world... probably not that popular.

    IF he's the most popular person in the World... what happened to Barack Obama??

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    @ 2 bits, Bill has been pretty busy with a lot of things - good things - and I doubt that will change. He won't be running around the White House in his slippers. He has made an amazing contribution in his post-White House days. If he could run, he would win, and if there was a President of the world, he would win. He may be the most popular person world-wide.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    I suspect we're going to get a LOT of attacking the messenger, and dismissing everything he said, without addressing anything he said, from Obama supporters.

    Some will discredit everything immediately because of his name. But he brought up some important points. Things we should discuss as mature adults (not dismiss with a knee-jerk response).


    I agree "Don't do stupid stuff" is not an organizing principle. Hillary's theme (back in the day)... "It takes a village" was much better.

    It sounds like a call for more Socialism... but if you really think about it... it DOES take a village (not the Federal Government).


    She would be an OK President, but I do NOT look forward to 4-8 more years of Bill Clinton in the White House.

    Especially Bill living in the White House with almost nothing to do... He found time to get into so much trouble when he was the busiest man in the world... how much time will he find for mischief when all he has to do is stand by Hillary for pictures, and start a pet project like childhood obesity or crossing the street safely...

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    Perhaps the President is more strategic than you give him credit. The Republicans wanted direct intervention in Libya, but the President refused and other nations stepped up. The Republicans wanted direct aid to rebels in Syria, but it was from the rebel base that gave us ISIS. We might have been the ones arming them in what is a 1400 year old sectarian war. On Gaza, Clinton and Krauthammer have been all over the map. The problem with U.S.intervention in the Middle East is that there are confusing nuances and underlying issues that the U.S. will never resolve. We support Saddam Hussein, then we turn against him. We argue for democracy, yet we overthrow a democratic government in Iran. And the list goes on. Under President Obama, no new wars have been started, and very few U.S. troops have put into harms way like before. There are localized fights, but we don't have to be in the middle of them all. I have to question Clinton, she seems closely aligned with the neo-con philosophy. She was a great Sec. of State, but as the decisionmaker, is she playing politics or is it her judgement?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 15, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    Hillary is a big part of the problems we have in our government, not the solution!

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Aug. 15, 2014 7:22 a.m.

    Most Americans are suffering from severe Clinton fatigue! Hillary helped create our foreign and domestic problems and now is trying to disavow her culpability? Dr. Ben Carson is what America really needs! Not more of the same worn out, failed policies from the same old career politicians!

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 6:29 a.m.

    You know, I'd forgotten about the "new beginning" with Islam Obama proclaimed in Cairo. I remember the "reset button" done by Hillary with Russia. Boy those things sure have worked out, haven't they? I'll bet there is a good chance that after the 2016 Presidential election, it will be written that the worst thing Hillary Clinton ever did for her Presidential ambitions was become Obamas Secretary of State. It would be so much easier for her to distance herself from him were she not such a big part of his foreign policy failures.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 15, 2014 5:29 a.m.

    And another article criticizing what is being done with no suggestions on WHAT TO DO.

    This is getting old. The GOP and people like Dr Krauthammer need to start suggesting courses of action rather than complain.

    For the sake of discussion, If Putin does invade Ukraine, what should the US do?

    Anyone? Specifics please. You may find that what we are doing is far better than the alternatives.

    Until the GOP starts putting forth specific plans and recommended courses of action they will continue to be viewed as the party of no ideas. Or, at a minimum, no ideas that even the GOP can support collectively.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 11:24 p.m.

    Charles, you're right. It's time for Hillary to be president.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 8:57 p.m.

    No reasonable person can deny that this Country is under direct attack by a cadre of left-wing extremists. As even Clinton admits, this conspiracy so overconfident of success it has slacked off in its strategy and tactics.

    The current administration has adopted a foreign policy that ia as directionless as a one-eyed stoat. This has led to the massacre of American citizens by Lybian terrorists.

    Why on earth would anyone trust Clinton to fix this mess? She was instrumental in creating it, and has only compounded this error by claiming she had no involvement.