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Krauthammer’s Take

From last night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On the change in government in Britain:

First, you just have to admire the process, how clean and swift it is. Here it takes two and a half months to get a transition going — and there it’s in two-and-a-half hours.

Remember, Gordon Brown was fighting even earlier today to hang on to the prime ministership. He gives up . . . a few hours ago, he goes to see the Queen, he resigns, and when he returns they‘re moving out the furniture! A few hours later, he’s gone into obscurity and the new guy is the prime minister.

I guess that’s why they‘re called the mother of parliaments. They’ve been at it for 600 years, so it works rather well.

On Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington:

Look, it obviously was a mistake earlier [in March] dissing him. Look at the way the administration is behaving today — in which they are giving him every honor short of the president bending a knee, which apparently he reserves for his visits overseas.

What they are doing with Karzai is undoing what happened in March when he was really insulted. He’s wily, and he knows it. He’s not a rookie like the president, and he knows in these relationships even the client has power because we’re dependent on him as he is on us. When he talked about abandoning the fight or flirting with the enemy, it registered here.

So after treating him with the kind of contempt usually reserved for the Israeli prime minister, we are giving him every honor in the book. . . .

We have no choice. There is no other ally or partner in the area, and the hour is late.

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