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Krauthammer’s Take

From Special Report with Bret Baier | Thursday, April 26, 2012

On a regional EPA administrator’s apology for 2010 remarks likening the agency’s enforcement policies to the Roman practice of crucifying provincial subjects to keep the population cowed:

Well, he said it was a poor choice of words. It was a perfect choice of words. He said exactly what he thinks. He said exactly what animates him and other people in Obama’s EPA….

We heard Jay Carney saying [the remark] doesn’t reflect what we’ve done. He is completely wrong.

Look what they have done on coal. A few weeks ago the EPA issued a regulation that will make it impossible for any American to open a new coal plant because of regulations, and over time it will shut down the entire coal industry. It was overlooked because it was issued during the three days of oral hearings on Obamacare. But that is a fact.

And then we heard earlier in the show about oil — the regulations on refineries, hyperregulation, which has led to the closure of five [oil refineries] with three teetering on the edge.

And now you have the worst, natural gas. We have just stumbled across the greatest goldmine of energy in U.S. history, the fracking technique, which allows us to exploit these huge reserves of shale oil and gas. We are the Saudi Arabia of shale oil and gas, and EPA is stepping in over state regulations and trying to restrain it and to hold it back.

This is out of the philosophy [that says] if you have natural gas it will undercut the pie in the sky stuff: the wind, solar, algae and spinach that Obama imagines will fuel our economy in the future.

That’s why EPA acts as it does. It was an accurate representation and it completely reflects the fact of what the EPA has been doing on energy…

And remember what Obama said to Dmitry Medvedev, his Russian pal. He said “After I’m elected I’ll have more room to maneuver. I’ll be more flexible.” Imagine how flexible he is going to be honoring global warming and in killing the carbon-based energy in his second term. This is only a hint of what’s to come.

On Vice President Biden’s attack on Mitt Romney’s foreign policy credentials:

We have six months to discuss the message. Let me just say a word about the messenger:

The vice president has been over the last 30 years — holds the American record for being — wrong on the most issues of foreign affairs ever. The list starts with:

The nuclear freeze in the early ’80s, [mobilized] against Thatcher and Reagan and Kohl — one of the follies of the era. He supported it.

He was against aid to Nicaraguan Contras, which in the end brought democracy and ended Sandinista rule at the time.

He was against Reagan’s expansion of the defense budget, which bankrupted the Soviet Union and led to the collapse of the Soviet empire.

He was against Reagan on strategic defenses, which is a big advantage that we have now in the missile age.

And look at where he was on Iraq. He opposed the first Iraq war, the Gulf War that liberated Kuwait, which everybody agrees was a good thing.

He supported the Iraq War which he — not I — but he says was a terrible mistake.

And then when the surge happened, he opposed the surge in Iraq that rescued a losing war and ended with our leaving with our heads held high and some promise for the future.

He advocated splitting Iraq according to ethnicity, [in]to three parts.

He is the Herbert Hoover of American foreign policy. And for him to be spokesman for administration on foreign affairs, I think is rather ironic.

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