To: Miss Marple
He is a mole.
I would characterize him more as a weasel, but you're not far off.
Kristol was originally backing Powell because he knew it would cause a split in the Republicans. Now he trashes Powell as Secretary of State, for the same reason.
Occam's razor suggests a much simpler reason, but I hesitate to suggest it while we're making some headway on the main points.
Certainly Powell's reluctance to pursue an aggressive foreign policy like his predecessor must have some bearing on Kristol's current criticism of the SecState.
Powell's reluctance to push the Gulf War further was known well before he became SOS. His temperment, his empahasis on war as a last resort, his policy positions were all well-known.
Kristol KNEW what his positions were on things when he was backing him. I knew Powell's positions, for heaven's sake, and I am a housewife in Indiana, not a Beltway pundit!
Either Kristol knew and didn't care, or he is far more ignorant about the people in DC than I could imagine.
Kristol's main flaw, although not exactly unique is his own inflated view of himself. He frequently eschews pragmatism with his fellow conservatives..(broadly speaking). No wonder he loved McCain..lol...
I know Marty sold TNR...right?....but I'm not sure it's now become "conservative" yet. Are the new owners both neo-cons as well? They appear to fit the Jewish neocon label....name-wise, which btw, sort of bugs me. I would not lump all Jewish conservatives into the neocon soup because of support for Israel. Many hard right culture warriors like myself feel the same way....and frankly G-d has nothing to do with it from my perspective.
There was a day 20 odd years ago when TNR boasted Fred Barnes, Krauthammer (I know...another Neo), and PJ O'Rourke.
Interesting article nonetheless...
posted on 10/03/2002 9:01:12 PM PDT
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