A Champion Chickenhawk

KristalHere’s what Bill Kristal, that architect of disaster, wrote in The Weekly Standard:

Are Americans today war-weary? Sure. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars
have been frustrating and tiring. Are Americans today unusually
war-weary? No. They were wearier after the much larger and even
more frustrating conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. And even though
the two world wars of the last century had more satisfactory
outcomes, their magnitude was such that they couldn’t help but
induce a significant sense of war-weariness. And history shows
that they did.

So American war-weariness isn’t new. Using it as an excuse to
avoid maintaining our defenses or shouldering our responsibilities
isn’t new, either. But that doesn’t make it admirable.

Charlie Pierce then took this warmongering psychopath out behind the barn and administered a blistering ass-whipping (would that this self-aggrandizing war criminal would pay attention and out of shame seek forgiveness … but let’s be real):

Blow me, you monstrous, bloodthirsty fraud, you silly, stupid
chickenhawk motherfker who plays army man with the children of
people who are so much better than you are, and who would feed
innocent civilians in lands you will never visit into your own
personal meatgrinder to service your semi-annual martial erection.

You and the rest of your cowardly cohort helped prepare the
ground for the worst geopolitical mistake the country has made
in 30 years. You fought the battle of the Green Rooms and the
think tanks while other people's sons and daughters died for your
fantasy of how the world would work if you really were the pimply,
adolescent Zeus you see when you look in the mirror every morning.

The country does not need your lectures any more. The country
does not need your counsel. The country does not need your advice.
And, as sure as human beings have become dead because of your
lectures, and counsel, and advice, human beings about whom you
otherwise care nothing, the country does not need your hectoring
that it has become insufficiently bellicose to fulfill your
newest, blood-drenched fantasies.

Even here, even now, you hide behind the skirts of a woman from
Indiana who, while I believe her to be wrong, seems to be genuine
in her beliefs. You are unworthy of her intellectual camouflage.
You should be driven from polite society, consigned to an
ideological Molokai so you can no longer infect the rest of us.

People should shun you. You should wear the bell for the rest
of your miserable days.

I watched Bill Kristal on Bill Maher a couple of weeks ago and even though Maher was his usual well-behaved self around people he might actually loath, he did get in a definitive summation when he off-hand commented that Kristal never met a war he didn’t like.

But war is the Republican way to solve diplomatic problems, so is Bill Kristal actually any worse that most other high-ranking Republicans and Conservatives? Isn’t John McCain also trying to lead this country into one or two new wars? Will war with Russia be on the Republican platform for the next election?

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