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POLITICS: Krauthammer’s ‘Gotcha’ analysis

Letter by John P. Maier, Puyallup on June 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm | No Comments »
June 17, 2013 9:02 am

The column by President George W. Bush’s former policy adviser, Michael Gerson (“Extremist politics only serves to poison patriotism,” TNT 6-14), was perfectly juxtaposed below Charles Krauthammer’s weekly Obama attack piece (column, 6-14).

Krauthammer takes issue with the following Obama quote: “We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” Then Krauthammer pulls out another Obama quote: “You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy. . . . We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.”

In other words, we need to make some hard choices in striking the proper balance between the two, because we’re not going to simply choose one over the other. Is that so hard to understand?

Apparently so, because Krauthammer concludes his analysis with, “So it wasn’t such a false choice after all, was it, Mr. President?” Is he saying that we do need to make a choice between security and privacy – because it’s one or the other? Then come out and say so.

Is he saying that Obama promised 100 percent safety and 100 percent privacy? Then show me that quote. But don’t purposefully misunderstand the English language for some partisan “gotcha!”

To Gerson’s point: Rather than simply discussing the issues, those who reflexively resort to name-calling and egg- throwing (MSNBC, Fox News, etc.) do our country a disservice. As Gerson concludes: “It is dishonest. And it is dishonorable.”

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