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Do people actually read what they write? More hypocrisy exposed

June 24, 2009

I read Charles Krauthammer routinely.  I think he’s a fine columnist, and a strong voice for conservative principles.  Yet in the fervor to vilify President Obama’s response to the election in Iran, and the subsequent protests and violence, Mr. Krauthammer may have ingested too much of the blood-lust brew.   In an article from one of my previous posts last week, Mr. Krauthammer figuratively hammered the president for calling Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  the “Supreme Leader.”  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Where to begin? “Supreme Leader”? Note the abject solicitousness with which the American president confers this honorific on a clerical dictator who, even as his minions attack demonstrators, offers to examine some returns in some electoral districts — a farcical fix that will do nothing to alter the fraudulence of the election…

While I find no apparent fault with his analysis here, I do have a problem with the author of such an eloquent quote if it is determined that he made the same remark about the Ayatollah.  Here is Krauthammer’s quote from from the Dennis Miller Show:

KRAUTHAMMER: And the reason he did it is that he thinks he needs to preserve his relations with the existing regime so that he can negotiate nuclear disarmament with them, which in and of itself is a lunatic fantasy. It’s not going to happen. There’s no way he’s going to sweet talk, you know, the Supreme Leader out of his nukes. So, that was the point. He thought that if I support the protesters too much, I alienate and I prevent the relations with the government and I can’t…

What about John McCain?  He and Krauthammer share a dislike for Obama’s handling of the Iran situation, yet McCain himself has also used the term “Supreme Leader.”  Watch the video from Fox News last week:

Will Krauthammer attack the senator for his usage of the term?  Highly unlikely.  Perhaps conservatives are using hypocrisy as a political strategy?  It doesn’t seem like a wise idea in my opinion.

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