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, and he never rushes to conclusions.
Take a look, for instance, at his December 8 Washington Post column “That Murder in London.” Only lazy hasn’t already accused Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in ordering the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, and Krauthammer ain’t no lazy. But he took his time, analyzed all the facts and finally concluded – two weeks after Litvinenko’s death – that Putin is to be blamed, and no further explanation, much less investigation, is needed.
Curiously, Krauthammer’s column appeared barely a day before WP’s own reporters conceded that there may be more to the story than Krauthammer would be willing to consider.
However, in the past few days, Krauthammer’s point of view may have received a significant boost. The radiology experts have concluded that the quantity of polonium-210 used to kill Litvinenko would have been worth of at least 25 million dollars. This is a stiff price to pay for a murder weapon, not to mention other operational expenses such as perpetrators’ traveling all around Europe, staying in luxury London hotels, etc.
Should Krauthammer have waited for yet another week with his column, he could now argue that there is only one person on Earth, Putin, who could authorize spending such an extraordinary amount of taxpayers’ money on killing a person vast majority of Russians, Britons, and Americans never heard about before.
An impression everyone seems to have gotten over the past few weeks is that there is only one secret service in the world: FSB. Refreshingly, today’s WP article reminds us about the existence of CIA and its habit of “extraordinary rendition:” abducting people in foreign countries, transferring them to secret CIA prisons and torturing them.
Will Krauthammer stand against this obvious violation of United States and international law in his next column? Or Krauthammer the prosecutor will rest before opening statement?