By The Progressive on November 16, 2007
Compiled by the Progressive Staff, November 16, 2007

William Kristol is a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century, the editor of the Weekly Standard, and a regular guest on various FOX News panels. He also served as Vice-President Quayle's Chief of Staff and was dubbed "Dan Quayle's brain" by The New Republic. This might have been a generous assessment going by some of the statements he's made:

14. The first two battles of this new era are now over. The battles of Afghanistan and Iraq have been won decisively and honorably. But these are only two battles. We are only at the end of the beginning in the war on terror and terrorist states. April 2003

13. He’s [Saddam Hussein] got weapons of mass destruction. At some point he will use them or give them to a terrorist group to use…Look, if we free the people of Iraq we will be respected in the Arab world. France and Germany don’t have the courage to face up to the situation. That’s too bad. Most of Europe is with us. And I think we will be respected around the world for helping the people of Iraq to be liberated. February 2003

12. I suppose I'll merely expose myself to harmless ridicule if I make the following assertion: George W. Bush's presidency will probably be a successful one. July 2007

11. 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 want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There's been almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq's always been very secular. April 2003

10. Whenever I hear anything described as a heartless assault on our children, I tend to think it's a good idea. I'm happy that the President's willing to do something bad for the kids. September 2007

9. On Clinton perjury: They [Democrats] simply refused to condemn perjury and refused to explain why they weren't simply telling the American people perjury's no big deal. November 1998

On Scooter Libby perjury: Scooter Libby does not deserve to go to jail... this was an investigation that should never have happened. There was no underlying crime. July 2007

8. One thing that sort of disturbed me about the speech, does the president use the word "war" in the speech? I'm not sure, I didn't hear it. I haven't done a word search here, but I didn't hear it. I wish there were a little more about winning the war and a little less about helping the Iraqis. January 2007

7. And, as in Kabul but also as in the Kurdish and Shi'ite regions of Iraq in 1991, American and alliance forces will be welcomed in Baghdad as liberators. Indeed, reconstructing Iraq may prove to be a less difficult task than the challenge of building a viable state in Afghanistan. February 2002

6. The right response is renewed strength -- in supporting the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, in standing with Israel, and in pursuing regime change in Syria and Iran. For that matter, we might consider countering this act of Iranian aggression with a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Why wait? July 2006

5. We've got to win this war. And it is insane for this country to be obsessing... about a small prisoner abuse scandal. LINK

4. It’s so irresponsible that they can’t be quiet for six or nine months and say the president has made a decision, we’re not going to change that decision, we’re not going to cut off funds and insist on the troops coming back, so let’s give it a chance to work. You really wonder, do they want it to work or not? I really wonder that. January 2007

3. Obama would have been pro-slavery: We’re electing a war president in 2008. If I can go back to Obama and Lincoln for just one second, Lincoln’s “house divided” speech in 1858 was a speech saying we cannot live as a house divided on slavery. And he implicitly says we’ll have to fight a civil war if necessary on this. Obama’s speech is a “can’t we get along” speech — sort of the opposite of Lincoln. He would have been with Stephen Douglas in 1858. February 2007

2. And all honor to George W. Bush for following in Reagan’s footsteps, grasping the nettle, and confronting the real lessons and consequences of Vietnam. The liberal media and the PC academics are horrified. All the better. September 2007

1. Maybe we should have Supreme Leader Bush. I kind of like the sound of that. June 2006

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Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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