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Bill Kristol

  • American politician
  • Born December 23, 1952

William Kristol (; born December 23, 1952) is an American neoconservative political analyst. A frequent commentator on several networks, he was the founder and editor-at-large of the defunct political magazine The Weekly Standard. A Republican, he is known for playing the leading role in the defeat of President Bill Clinton's health care plan and advocating for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Kristol has since become a prominent critic of President Donald Trump.Kristol has been associated with a number of conservative think tanks.


The average GOP presidential vote in these last five elections was 44.5 percent. In the last three, it was 48.1 percent. Give Romney an extra point for voter disillusionment with Obama, and a half-point for being better financed than his predecessors. It still strikes me as a path to narrow defeat.




I personally - if I were designing the tax code - would have a tax code in which Mitt Romney paid more than 13 percent, given what I know about the kind of investments he made money from.




While a defeat for Obamacare in the Court would be nice, the defeat of President Obama at the polls on November 6 is crucial. If electoral victory is achieved, Obamacare can and will be repealed - and more judges of a constitutionalist persuasion will be appointed by the next president.




There will be trying times during Obama's presidency, and liberty will need staunch defenders. Can Obama reshape liberalism to be, as it was under F.D.R., a fighting faith, unapologetically patriotic and strong in the defense of liberty? That would be a service to our country.




Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism.




Lest conservatives be too proud, it's worth recalling that conservatism's rise was decisively enabled by liberalism's weakness.




Shouldn't Democrats insist that Sen. Durbin step down as their whip, the number two man in their leadership?




Since Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, conservatives of various sorts, and conservatisms of various stripes, have generally been in the ascendancy. And a good thing, too! Conservatives have been right more often than not - and more often than liberals - about most of the important issues of the day.




If terror groups are to be defeated, it is national governments that will have to do so. In nations like India, governments will have to call on the patriotism of citizens to fight the terrorists. In a nation like Pakistan, the government will have to be persuaded to deal with those in their midst who are complicit.




Conservative policies have on the whole worked - insofar as any set of policies can be said to 'work' in the real world. Conservatives of the Reagan-Bush-Gingrich-Bush years have a fair amount to be proud of.




Romney has to convince the American public that they need to do something they're not usually inclined to do - replace a sitting president with a challenger. And unlike in 1980 and 1992, when the public was persuaded to do just that, the incumbent president has not been weakened by a primary opponent.




Many of Bush's defenders have praised him for keeping the country safe since Sept. 11, 2001. He deserves that praise, and I'm perfectly happy to defend most of his surveillance, interrogation and counterterrorism policies against his critics.




In any case, decisions on troop levels in the American system of government are not made by any general or set of generals but by the civilian leadership of the war effort.




Conservatives shouldn't count on the Supreme Court to do our work for us on Obamacare. The Court may rule as it should, and strike down the mandate. But it may not. And even if it does, the future of health care in America - and for that matter, the future of limited government - depends ultimately on the verdict of the American people.




All defense secretaries in wartime have, needless to say, made misjudgments.




If Romney explains why where we are with Obama is unacceptable, why whither we are tending is even worse - and why his own alternative path forward is superior - then we trust the American people to make the right choice in November.




If the American people really come to a settled belief that Bush lied us into war, his presidency will be over.




Surely our inaction with respect to Syria is a poor precedent if we're fighting a war on terror.




Bush is no conservative.



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