Tag Archives: Bill Kristol

Watch Scott Horton’s One-Sided Debate Beatdown Of Warmonger Bill Kristol, by Caitlin Johnstone

It’s tough to defend the indefensible. From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:

An important and long-overdue debate has occurred between Iraq-raping arch-neocon Bill Kristol and the tireless libertarian war critic Scott Horton on the subject of US interventionism, and you should definitely drop whatever you’re doing and watch it immediately. The resolution up for debate was “A willingness to intervene, and to seek regime change, is key to an American foreign policy that benefits America,” with Kristol obviously arguing in the affirmative and Horton in the negative.

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Warmongers Should Be Treated Like Serial Killers And Child Rapists, by Caitlin Johnstone

Murder is murder, and murdering millions doesn’t make you a hero. From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:

California Representative Ro Khanna announced on Monday that he’d just hung out with Iraq war architect Bill Kristol and had a wonderful exchange of ideas, fully discrediting the myth of the progressive Democrat with a single tweet.

“Bill Kristol is one of the most thoughtful voices in defending liberalism and democratic institutions in our country,” Khanna tweeted. “Learned a lot in our conversation about shaping also an inclusive narrative around American patriotism.”

When Khanna’s Twitter followers began reacting with shock and disgust at a congressman who is generally regarded as one of the most progressive elected officials on Capitol Hill saying sweet things about a murderous arch-neocon, he added:

“I was a strong and early critic of the war in Iraq, and Kristol and I have very different worldviews on foreign policy. But to have a discussion about strengthening liberalism and liberal institutions with people you disagree is in my view needed in a pluralistic democracy.”

“I’m back in the office after a stimulating lunch with Ro Khanna and see he’s tweeted about it,” Kristol posted on Twitter. “Which is fine! But not with some on the Left! I’m sure Ro can take the heat. As for me, I benefited from our talk, and admire Ro’s willingness to argue—and occasionally (gasp!) agree.”

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Why Are These Professional War Peddlers Still Around? by Tucker Carlson

Nothing will raise your standing in Washington, academia, and the mainstream media as much as consistently being wrong. From Tucker Carlson at theamericanconservative.com:

Pundits like Max Boot and Bill Kristol got everything after 9/11 wrong but are still considered “experts.”

Max Boot (Credit: U.S. Navy) and Bill Kristol (Credit: Gage Skidmore)

One thing that every late-stage ruling class has in common is a high tolerance for mediocrity. Standards decline, the edges fray, but nobody in charge seems to notice. They’re happy in their sinecures and getting richer. In a culture like this, there’s no penalty for being wrong. The talentless prosper, rising inexorably toward positions of greater power, and breaking things along the way. It happened to the Ottomans. Max Boot is living proof that it’s happening in America.

Boot is a professional foreign policy expert, a job category that doesn’t exist outside of a select number of cities. Boot has degrees from Berkeley and Yale, and is a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written a number of books and countless newspaper columns on foreign affairs and military history. The International Institute for Strategic Studies, an influential British think tank, describes Boot as one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict.”

None of this, it turns out, means anything. The professional requirements for being one ofthe world’s Leading Authorities on Armed Conflict do not include relevant experience with armed conflict. Leading authorities on the subject don’t need a track record of wise assessments or accurate predictions. All that’s required are the circular recommendations of fellow credential holders. If other Leading Authorities on Armed Conflict induct you into their ranks, you’re in. That’s good news for Max Boot.

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Getting Paid for Wishful Thinking—–Bill Kristol’s Addiction To Errors And Invasions, by Pater Tenebrarum

The path to highly paid mainstream punditry superstardom, whether in politics, economics, or foreign policy, is to be consistently and egregiously wrong. Bill Kristol will no doubt end up in the Mainstream Pundits Hall of Fame. From Pater Tenebrarum at davidstcokmanscontracorner.com:

Bill Kristol – the Gartman of Politics?

It has become a popular sport at Zerohedge to make fun of financial pundits who appear regularly on TV and tend to be consistently wrong with their market calls. While this Schadenfreude type reportage may strike some as a bit dubious, it should be noted that it is quite harmless compared to continually leading people astray with dodgy advice.

These people should surely be considered fair game. Besides, following their multiple blunders is sometimes actually quite funny. The above depicted Dennis Gartman has become a favorite target, possibly due to the rather odd way in which he expresses himself (he sounds a bit like a time traveler who got lost, or a visitor from another planet). We don’t know if his wrong-way forecasts are cherry-picked, but if they are not, then he is truly a noteworthy phenomenon.

Most people are probably aware though that market predictions are usually not much better than flipping a coin anyway (a tip for aspiring pundits: when it comes to stocks, the safest course is to be always bullish, as the stock market historically rises 67% of the time). Arguably, some prominent political pundits should be considered more dangerous, especially if those who like beating the war drums.

We were quite astonished to find out that numerous pundits who came out in strong support of the Iraq war and didn’t even get a single thing right about that particular statist misadventure, continue to enjoy an apparently unblemished reputation as “foreign policy experts” as if nothing untoward had happened. One of the better known ones is Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, a stalwart of neo-conservatism who has apparently never come across a hapless third world country he didn’t want to see bombed on account of it harboring the second coming of Hitler.

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