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Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer
COMMENTARY: The guardrails continue to hold on the Trump presidency

We should all be grateful that from the generals to the Scouts, from the senators to the cops, the institutions of both political and civil society are holding up well.

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Across 25 years and five administrations, we have kicked the North Korean can down the road. We are now out of road.

COMMENTARY: The great Muslim civil war — and what it means for the United States

The Iranian-Russian strategy is a nightmare for the entire Sunni Middle East. And for us too. The Pentagon seems bent on preventing it. Hence the Tomahawk attack for crossing the chemical red line. Hence the recent fighter-bomber shoot-down.

COMMENTARY: Stop with the tweets: Donald Trump can’t govern by id

Trump was elected to do politically incorrect — and needed — things such as withdrawing from Paris. He was not elected to do crazy things, starting with his tweets. If he cannot distinguish between the two, Trump Derangement Syndrome will only become epidemic.

COMMENTARY: Should Americans die for Estonia?

But Trump’s refusal to utter those words does lower whatever probability Vladimir Putin might attach to America responding with any seriousness to Russian aggression against a NATO ally.

COMMENTARY: Middle East peace must start with Saudi Arabia

The reversal has now begun. The first act was Trump’s Riyadh address to about 50 Muslim states (the overwhelming majority of them Sunni) signaling a wide Islamic alliance committed to resisting Iran and willing to cast its lot with the American side.

COMMENTARY: Time to strengthen the guardrails for the president

Trump’s behavior is deeply disturbing but hardly surprising. His mercurial nature is not the product of a post-inaugural adder sting atMar-a-Lago. It’s been there all along. And the American electorate chose him nonetheless.

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