I like Charles Krauthammer, I really do. He’s got convictions, he’s got positions, and he never allows political correctness to blur his vision of world’s problems. He’s very smart, too, although his other virtues (see above) sometimes interfere with this one.
Take a look, for instance, at his December 1 Washington Post column “This is Realism?” Krauthammer starts out with a customary praise of “our policies of democratization in Iraq,” but rapidly moves on to acknowledge that “the popularly elected Maliki government has failed.”
Krauthammer’s solution? Here it comes:
“We should…change the composition of the government and assemble a new one…”
We who? The Iraqi government is assembled by the parliament whose member Krauthammer is not. How well does the assembling of the Iraqi government in the tranquility of WP offices bode with “our policies of democratization in Iraq?”
I happen to agree with Krauthammer on this point. The inefficient and corrupt Maliki government should be taken for what it is – a puppet administration installed by the occupation authorities for the lack of better alternatives – and, as such, replaced immediately with one that wouldn’t rely on the life and death of American troops for its survival.
In parallel, one ought to refrain from the trash talk about “democratization in Iraq.”