"There's been a certain amount of pop sociology in America ... that the Shia can't get along with the Sunni and the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There's almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq's always been very secular."There has been a lot of outrage about William Kristol's new position at the NYT from both the left and the paleocon right. I see it as a good thing - he will have a wider audience. Yes even more people will be able to see what a bunch of dangerous lunatics the neocon "intellectuals" of the Republican party are. Kristol constantly beating the war drums in the NYT for a war weary nation to read may hurt the Republican Party in 2008. Is this in fact an almost Rovian plot on the part of the "liberal" NYT? Let him write!
~Willaim Kristol, April 4th, 2003
John Cole seems to agree:
I guess there are two ways of looking at this- one is that people are afraid of opposing viewpoints, the other that people see Kristol for what he is, a complete imbecile who has (take your pick) either been completely wrong about everything or lying about everything, and thus unworthy of the column. On the upside, letting Kristol’s views out in public might be a good thing, as people unaccustomed with the the two-bit rag the Weekly Standard will now get a good look at what the current Republican party looks like. From a blogging standpoint, this is the equivalent of hitting the Powerball.
Thanks to Mike at Crooks and Liars for the link which helped MEJ avoid having the slowest month in two years.