Charles Krauthammer (1950–2018) was an American political commentator and conservative columnist.
Born in Manhattan, New York City, Krauthammer became permanently paralyzed from the waist down after a diving board mishap during his first year at Harvard Medical School. After more than a year of recuperating, he resumed medical school and graduated as a psychiatrist. He joined the Jimmy Carter administration in 1978 as a director of psychiatric research, and embarked on a career as a columnist and political commentator in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Krauthammer wrote a syndicated weekly column for The Washington Post, which garnered him a Pulitzer Prize in 1987. He frequently appeared on Fox News and PBS, and wrote for media outlets across the political spectrum, including Time, The New Republic, and The Weekly Standard.
Krauthammer is the author of Cutting Edges: Making Sense of the Eighties (1988.) His book of editorials, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics (2013,) accumulates three decades of his contemplations on politics, science, and life.
When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back.