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Conservative thinker Charles Krauthammer dies at 68

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer
Prize-winning columnist and Fox News Channel pundit known for his
neoconservative, hawkish worldview, has died. He was 68 years old.

“Everyone at @FoxNews is saddened to report that our dear friend — a
giant of our industry — Charles Krauthammer has passed away,” tweeted
Thursday the chief White House correspondent for the cable news channel
favored among Republicans.

In a farewell note to readers published earlier this month in the
Washington Post, Krauthammer said he was suffering from “aggressive” cancer
and he had but weeks to live.

“I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate
and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking,” he wrote. “I am grateful to
have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this
extraordinary nation’s destiny.”

“I leave this life with no regrets.”

A right-wing intellectual and ardent defender of Israel who helped shape
conservative thought on foreign policy — including President George W.
Bush’s “war on terror” — Krauthammer began writing columns for the Post in
1984.

“His work was far-reaching and influential — and while his voice will be
deeply missed, his ideas and values will always be a part of our country,”
Bush, who launched the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, said in a statement.

Though he championed a raft of conservative causes, the polemicist did not
shy from criticizing Donald Trump, dubbing him a “moral disgrace” after the
Republican president failed to unequivocally denounce a white nationalist
rally that ended in bloodshed.

Born March 13, 1950 in Manhattan, Irving Charles Krauthammer moved to
Montreal at age five with his Jewish refugee parents.

In his first year at Harvard Medical School, he became a quadriplegic
after a swimming pool accident.

After working as a psychiatry resident in Massachusetts and an official at
the US Health and Human Services Department in Washington, he was briefly a
speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale.

He then kicked off his writing career in 1981 at The New Republic.

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