Getting to know Charles Krauthammer, a Jewish columnist, and a leader in the American conservative movement

By Gideon

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Charles Krauthammer was born in 1950 in New York city to Orthodox Jewish parents. He received Jewish education. When he was five years old, the family moved to the Montreal and he was raised there. He attended  McGill University and graduated with honors in economics and political science.  He was accepted to Harvard medical school and Oxford political science program. He initially chose Oxford, but shortly after, he changed his mind and moved from London to Boston to study medicine. 

Krauthammer was injured in a diving board accident during his first year of medical school. He sustained injuries that left him paralyzed, and required him to be hospitalized for 14 months. He has been a wheelchair ever since the accident. He was able to continue his medical studies at Harvard, and graduated with his class in 1975. From 1975 through 1978 Krauthammer was a resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, serving as chief resident his final year. In 1978, Krauthammer moved to Washington, DC, to direct planning in psychiatric research under the Carter administration. He began contributing articles about politics to The New Republic and, in 1980, served as a speech writer to Vice President Walter Mondale. He contributed to the creation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, currently referred to as the DSM-III. In January 1981, Krauthammer joined The New Republic as both a writer and editor. 

Charles Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize winner. He is a political commentator, author and a physician.  His column had been syndicated to 400 newspapers in the entire world.  He is the contributing editor for the weekly standards and the nightly panelist for Special Reports with Bret Baier for the Fox News. He was a weekly panelist for the PBS news program and for the Inside Washington since 1990 until the time it stopped in 2013.   

In 2006, the Financial Times named Krauthammer the most influential commentator in America, saying “Krauthammer has influenced US foreign policy for more than two decades. He coined and developed ‘The Reagan Doctrine’ in 1985 and he defined the US role as sole superpower in his essay ‘The Unipolar Moment,’ published shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Krauthammer’s 2004 speech ‘Democratic Realism’, which was delivered to the American Enterprise Institute when Krauthammer won the Irving Kristol Award, set out a framework for tackling the post-9/11 world, focusing on the promotion of democracy in the Middle East.” In 2009, Politico columnist Ben Smith wrote that Krauthammer had “emerged in the Age of Obama as a central conservative voice, the kind of leader of the opposition that economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman represented for the left during the Bush years: a coherent, sophisticated and implacable critic of the new president.” The New York Times columnist David Brooks says that today, “he’s the most important conservative columnist.” Former congressman and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called Krauthammer “without a doubt the most powerful force in American conservatism. He has [been] for two, three, four years.” 

Krauthammer strongly opposed the Oslo accords and predicted that Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat would use the foothold it gave him in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to continue the war against Israel that he had ostensibly renounced in the Israel–Palestine Liberation Organization letters of recognition. In a July 2006 essay in Time, Krauthammer asserted that the Israeli–Palestinian conflict was fundamentally defined by the Palestinians’ unwillingness to accept compromise. During the 2006 Lebanon War, Krauthammer wrote a column, “Let Israel Win the War”: “What other country, when attacked in an unprovoked aggression across a recognized international frontier, is then put on a countdown clock by the world, given a limited time window in which to fight back, regardless of whether it has restored its own security?” He later criticized Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s conduct, arguing that Olmert “has provided unsteady and uncertain leadership. Foolishly relying on air power alone, he denied his generals the ground offensive they wanted, only to reverse himself later.” [Wikipedia]


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