Monday, June 15, 2009

Wing-Nut Welfare Recipient Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol is at it again. I would just like to point out that the go-to move for the neo-conservatives is to raise the specter of Neville Chamberlain. As you can see, this is Kristol's modus operandi, which he disingenuously disavows almost immediately after making the comparison. Typical bait-and-switch nonsense. You should remember that people like Kristol are not interested in appealing to your intellect; they want to speak directly to your fears.

Kristol dismisses out of hand the contention that the US should stay out of Iranian electoral politics. He seems to think tht because it is Barack Obama and his "liberal internationalist" foreign policy speaking, and not Bush, that the message will somehow be better received. Color me skeptical. Our foreign adventurism has caused enough problems, and I don't think a change in the face of the regime will erase a half century of American misadventures in the region. If the situation deteriorates, then perhaps some symbolic gesture should be made. But as of right now, the Iranian people are doing a great job of their defending their rights. We should stay out of their way.

(Btw, does it strike anyone else as ludicrous that the title of the Washington Post's opinion blog where Kristol is posting is labeled "Postpartisan?")

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