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Charles Krauthammer writes a weekly political column that runs on Fridays. He is also a Fox News commentator and appears nightly on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

Barack Obama leaves office as he came in: a man of the left, but possessing the intelligence and discipline to suppress his more radical instincts. We’ve just gotten a glimpse of his real self. As of Nov. 9, 2016, suppression was no longer necessary.

Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone.

An unpredictable regime is acquiring the capacity to destroy an American city by missile. North Korea may be just an unexploded ordnance of the Cold War. But we cannot keep assuming it will never go off.

By Charles Krauthammer, “When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” — Barack Obama, AIPACconference, March 4, 2012 The audience — overwhelmingly Jewish, passionately pro-Israel and supremely gullible — applauded wildly. Four years later — his last election behind him, with a month to go in office