The Nuclear Option: Trump Provides Moral Hope in Charlie Gard ‘Death Panel’ Case

TIGHTSQUEEZE, Va. — The secret to President Trump’s remarkable outsider success is his fearless willingness to walk into the most politically fraught situations, redefine every long-held prejudice and seize the moral high ground by embracing the simplest truth. Take little baby Charlie Gard of the United Kingdom. The infant lies dying in a government-run hospital ward and the death panels have declared that no more shall be done to save his life. His parents want to move heaven and earth to save their child, who doctors say has brain damage after being diagnosed with infantile-onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. A professor who testified before the U.K.’s highest death panel said the little boy’s brain, muscle, and breathing ability are “severely affected,” leaving him with congenital deafness and severe epilepsy. Charlie’s parents want to bring their child to the U.S. for experimental treatment. But the U.K.’s top death panel has been affirmed by the so-called “European Court of Human Rights,” which is apparently some kind of international death panel that convenes in Strasbourg, France, but reserves the right to sentence children everywhere to die. (Somewhere, George Orwell is slapping his palm to his forehead for not concocting such a sinister