The consistently wrong Bill Kristol went all warmonger in The Weekly Standard saying “war-weariness” is nothing more than “an excuse to avoid maintaining our defenses or shouldering our responsibilities.” Kristol warsplained, “In fact, the idol of war-weariness can be challenged. A war-weary public can be awakened and rallied. Indeed, events are right now doing the awakening. All that’s needed is the rallying. And the turnaround can be fast.”
Talking Points Memo reports:
Kristol notes that Ronald Reagan (who else?) “ran against both Democratic dovishness and Republican détente” in 1980, five years removed from the Vietnam War.
By the time the next presidential election rolls around, Kristol fears it could be too late.
The next president will be elected in 2016, 15 years after 9/11 and 5 years after our abandonment of Iraq and the beginning of the drawdown in Afghanistan. Pundits will say that it would be politically foolish to try to awaken Americans rather than cater to their alleged war-weariness. We can’t prove them wrong. Perhaps it would be easier for a Republican to win in 2016 running after the fashion of Warren Gamaliel Harding in 1920 rather than that of Ronald Wilson Reagan in 1980.
Kristol closes with a plea for someone, preferably a Republican, to step up and make Americans eager for war again.
“Will no brave leader step forward to honorably awaken us from our unworthy sleep?” he writes.
Mitt Romney would have gotten us into 5 wars; Sarah Palin called for a nuclear war, and now this. Paul Ryan and his colleagues shrug at feeding the poor. But a costly, bloody war is doable.
Bill, if we go to war, I volunteer you for front-line duty.