Here’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?