As many continue to mourn the loss of Charles Krauthammer, who was an amazing man by all accounts, the Washington Post has decided that they cannot be civil to people on the right even in death.
There has been an outpouring of beautiful and inspirational stories about Krauthammer online, as well as a massive list of accomplishments, that they could have chosen from to lead his obituary. Instead, the very first line blamed him for the Iraq War.
“Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and intellectual provocateur who championed the muscular foreign policy of neoconservatism that helped lay the ideological groundwork for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died June 21 at 68,” the obituary began.
As Red State first reported, an additional five paragraphs are dedicated to criticizing Krauthammer for being “foremost among pundits who took up [President George W. Bush’s] cause” to support the Iraq invasion, “[d]espite shaky evidence for the claim.”
“To the left, Dr. Krauthammer was a boogeyman, most notably on the matter of President George W. Bush’s ‘war on terror’ and the ultimately catastrophic efforts to democratize the Middle East,” the obituary reads.
It’s even worse when you look back at how they wrote about that murderous dictator Fidel Castro. https://t.co/2DZD3tqAa6
— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) June 22, 2018
Krauthammer had championed the war believing that it would be extremely short-lived — which WaPo dragged him for.
“The U.S.-led invasion, which Dr. Krauthammer billed at the outset as a ‘Three Week War,’ has dragged on ever since, caused more than 4,000 U.S. deaths and more than 100,000 Iraqi casualties amid a grinding insurgency, and left the United States mired in a failed state with hostile neighbors. No WMDs were found,” the obituary states.
The Washington Post seems to forget their own advocacy for war.
“Iraq not only hasn’t accounted for its weapons of mass destruction but without a doubt still retains them. Only a fool — or possibly a Frenchman — could conclude otherwise,” WaPo reported in 2003.
A February 6, 2003, Washington Post editorial began, “After Secretary Of State Colin L. Powell’s presentation to the United Nations Security Council yesterday, it is hard to imagine how anyone could doubt that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction.”
The obituary also takes a few digs at Krauthammer for having a “corrosive tone” about President Barack Obama, anti-Semite Jeremiah Wright, and former weather underground member Bill Ayers.
In contrast, Red State noted, Fidel Castro’s obituary described him as “a romantic figure in olive-drab fatigues and combat boots, chomping monstrous cigars through a bushy black beard, [who] became a spiritual beacon for the world’s political far left.”
Stay classy, WaPo. Also, maybe you should reconsider throwing stones inside your glass newsroom.