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Krauthammer’s Take: ‘Susan Rice Is Right, It’s Not World War II. It’s the 1930s.’

In her foreign-policy speech today at the Brooking Institution, national-security adviser Susan Rice announced that the United States is not facing a threat “of the existential nature we confronted during World War II.”

“Yes, it’s not World War II,” Charles Krauthammer agreed on this evening’s Special Report. “It’s the 30s.”

“What we have,” said Krauthammer, “is a threat spreading and growing around the world, of which this administration either doesn’t recognize the threat or doesn’t want to admit it. It is pretending it doesn’t exist and will not actually even name it.”

“At the same time it’s negotiating a deal with Iran,” which is constructing an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, Krauthammer said. “There is only one reason for an ICBM: to hit another continent, to hit the United States. And you don’t place dynamite on the tip of an ICBM. It’s not exactly cost-effective. There is only one purpose: nuclear weapons.”

“We are preparing the ground, as in the ’30s,” he said, “for a metastasizing enemy, an existential enemy, that is not yet ready to take on the West, but will be if we continue these policies.”

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