William Kristol

Bill Kristol And Neocon Newspeak
March 21, 2011

William Kristol, editorializing in the Weekly Standard, insists that the United States has never invaded a Muslim country: The president didn’t want this. He’s been so unhappy about such a possibility—so fearful of such an eventuality—that first he tied himself in knots trying to do nothing. ...After all, nothing—nothing!—could be worse than the perception that the United States was “invading” another Muslim country. Rubbish. Our “invasions” have in fact been liberations.

Adventures In Context From The Weekly Standard
March 16, 2011

William Kristol has an item at the Weekly Standard entitled, "J Street: Maybe 'Israel Really Ain't A Very Good Idea.'" This turns out to hinge upon the following quote from Daniel Levy: Daniel Levy, a founder of J Street: Look, bottom line: If we’re all wrong, if we’re all wrong and a collective Jewish presence in the Middle East can only survive by the sword, it cannot be accepted, it’s not about what we do. Sound familiar? They hate us for what we are, not what we do.

Bush vs. The Neocons
August 11, 2010

It's been an article of faith for several years now that the neoconservatives controlled George W. Bush. I've always considered that notion pretty exaggerated, and this bit from Jeffrey Goldberg's new Atlantic piece is pretty amusing: Bush would sometimes mock those aides and commentators who advocated an attack on Iran, even referring to the conservative columnists Charles Krauthammer and William Kristol as “the bomber boys,” according to two people I spoke with who overheard this. I'm starting to think I was too hard on the guy.

Neoconservatism In A Nutshell
June 09, 2010

William Kristol does not appear to be writing this ironically: [Obama's] pseudo-macho defense of "talking to experts" is itself professorial: He talks to experts so he'll "know whose ass to kick." Real men don't need experts to tell them whose asses to kick. ...as the unmitigated success of George W. Bush's foreign policy demonstrates.

The Trouble with South Park
February 11, 2010

Andrew Sullivan, in his diligent and sentimental response to my complaint against him the other day, retreats immediately to the personal. “I have Irish blood and a Catholic conscience.” “There will be times in which the emotion of the moment will overwhelm me.” “Am I insensitive? At times, I’m sure I am.” “I’m a South Park devotee, for Pete’s sake.” What, precisely, does any of this extenuate? There will be times in which the emotion of the moment will overwhelm me, too--and those are the times in which I will choose not to write.

The Weekly Standard, Where It's Always Good News For Republicans
November 06, 2009

Matthew Continetti's editorial in last week's issue of the Weekly Standard--"The Inevitability Myth: Health care reform is not a fait accompli"--makes the case that, despite all evidence, health care reform may not be enacted after all. (Continetti does concede that "the chances of some sort of health bill passing, at some point, are by no means negligible." So he's telling us there's a chance.) This sort of argument is actually the signature style of the Standard. A magazine like National Review specializes in making the case for conservative ideas.

The Puffington Host
June 17, 2009

Right is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe (And What You Need To Know To End The Madness) By Arianna Huffington (Alfred A.

Conservatism Is Dead
February 18, 2009

An intellectual autopsy of the movement.

The Best Sentence Ever To Appear In Bill Kristol's 'times' Column
January 26, 2009

"This is William Kristol’s last column." --Christopher Orr

The Very Principled William Kristol
April 28, 2008

  William Kristol, New York Times, today:  Furthermore, if you add up the votes in all the primaries and caucuses — excluding Michigan (where only Hillary was on the ballot), and imputing the likely actual totals in the four caucus states, where only percentages were reported — Clinton now trails in overall votes by only about 300,000, or about 1 percent of the total.