CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Look, you know, the president is in his second term. Normally, you then can put aside political or partisan considerations, you're not going to be re-elected and you would act in the national interest. The Keystone issue is the most open and shut case I have ever seen. Not only will it reduce our dependence on Hugo Chavez, in the Middle East, we would get it from Canada, and not only would it be an insult if we sort of slam the door on Canada, our closest ally, but refusing the pipeline, or not building it would have zero effect on the environment.
The Canadians stumbled on the largest reserve of shale oil around; they're the Saudi Arabia of shale. They are not going to keep it in the ground if we don't input it. It's going to go to China, they have said so. So, it has zero effect on the climate, global warming, whatever you want. The fact that Obama is still mulling over this -- I can understand last year, he wanted to hold the left wing base, he wanted re-election. But now? After he has won re-election? It shows how -- if he refuses it, which I think is still possible, it will really show how partisan considerations way outweigh the national interest. I think it would be shocking. (Special Report, February 18, 2013)