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Krauthammer’s Take

From last night’s “All-Stars.”

On whether the Obama administration will release photos of alleged detainee abuse:

Look, when a war is over, you can release everything. When a war is ongoing, as this war is ongoing, it is utterly unconscionable to do anything that would increase the danger our soldiers are facing.

There is no question that a release of inflammatory pictures like these will endanger our soldiers. And we know the power of the picture. I mean, we’re right now on a medium that is built on that premise.

The reason that Obama, I think, originally decided that he would release, and the reason the administration had released the memos, is because Obama has this idea that there is a distinction between Obama and Obama’s America on the one hand, and on the other hand, everything that came before, the United States of America before 2009, anno domini, the year of his ascension.

And that somehow it benefits him politically if he keeps Bush out there as the bogey man. He ascended to the presidency running against Bush, and this keeps the agitation against Bush alive.

However, that fine distinction between Obama’s America and Bush’s America is not something you will expect from someone who captures an American soldier.

And that’s why I think it’s finally dawning on the Obama administration that this would be an awfully dangerous and irresponsible act, and they are going to walk it back.

On the possibility of Israel acting to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons:

I think everybody understands that any Israeli government, even the previous, the more dovish, if you like, Ehud Olmert, the government in Israel, would have attacked if nothing is done by the end of this year.

It’s not about the new prime minister. It’s about Israel itself. No government will tolerate a nuke in the hands of Iran.

The only question is, does Israel have the capacity to actually destroy this nuclear capacity on the part of Iran enough to set it back about half a decade? If it doesn’t, then it would be a futile and dangerous act.

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