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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail –

Americans feeling let down by Barack Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan should take careful note of those who welcomed yet another “surge.” It might help them to

Top Irving Kristol (father). Bottom left William Kristol (son) middle Robert Kagan and right Charles Krauthammer

identify the source of their seemingly endless wars.

For instance, in a recent Washington Post opinion piece, William Kristol described Obama’s West Point speech as “encouraging.” It was “a good thing,” he said, that Obama was finally speaking as “a war president.”

But if the comments on the Post website are anything to go by, few ordinary Americans take Kristol’s armchair warmongering seriously anymore. After all, as one poster quizzically asked, “A column by William Kristol the neocon that was wrong about everything from 2000-2008?”

Although Kristol, like the rest of the neocons, “erred” about Iraq’s WMDs and Saddam’s links to Al Qaeda and 9/11, it would be a fatal error indeed to dismiss him as a fool.

In order to understand what motivates Bill Kristol’s professed hyper-patriotism, with its consistently disastrous prescriptions, it’s worth recalling how his father, Irving Kristol, reacted to Vietnam War critic Senator George McGovern. The presidential contender’s proposed cut in U.S. military expenditure would, according to the “godfather” of neoconservatism, “drive a knife in the heart of Israel.”

“Jews don’t like big military budgets,” the elder Kristol explained in a Jewish publication in 1973. “But it is now an interest of the Jews to have a large and powerful military establishment in the United States … American Jews who care about the survival of the state of Israel have to say, no, we don’t want to cut the military budget, it is important to keep that military budget big, so that we can defend Israel.”

American Greatness

Following his father’s advice, William Kristol has been a fervent supporter of massive U.S. military spending. In 1996, he co-authored with Robert Kagan an influential neocon manifesto titled “Toward a Neo-Reaganite Foreign Policy.” It recommended that “America should pursue a vision of benevolent hegemony as bold as Reagan’s in the 1970s and wield its authority unabashedly.

“The defense budget should be increased dramatically, citizens should be educated to appreciate the military’s vital work abroad, and moral clarity should direct a foreign policy that puts the heat on dictators and authoritarian regimes.”

In response, another influential opinion-maker, Charles Krauthammer, hailed Kristol and Kagan as “the main proponents of what you might call the American greatness school.” It is hardly a coincidence, however, that all three advocates of “American greatness” care passionately about what Irving Kristol euphemistically referred to as “the survival of the state of Israel.” Or that many of those “dictators and authoritarian regimes” just happened to stand in the way of Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.

The following year, Kristol and Kagan co-founded the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), a pressure group which sought to advance their “neo-Reaganite” vision. In the late 1990s, they did this mainly by writing letters to Bill Clinton, urging him to oust Saddam Hussein.

In September 2000, PNAC published “Rebuilding America’s Defenses,” in which they famously acknowledged that “the process of transformation … is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.”

One year later, they got their wished for “new Pearl Harbor” on September 11. The mass murder of almost 3,000 Americans was, as Benjamin Netanyahu indelicately put it, “very good” for Israel.

Kristol’s War

Immediately, Kristol’s Weekly Standard began linking Iraq to the attacks. Writing in The American Conservative, Scott McConnell explained the strategy: “Their rhetoric — which laid down a line from which the magazine would not waver over the next 18 months — was to link Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden in virtually every paragraph, to join them at the hip in the minds of readers.”

The “Saddam must go” campaign, begun in a Kristol and Kagan editorial as far back as 1997, became so relentless that Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen dubbed it “Kristol’s War.”

The Iraq War has, of course, also been called “Wolfowitz’s War.” But it could just as aptly have been named after Perle, Feith, Libby, Zelikow, Lieberman, or any of the other pro-Israeli insiders who took America to war by way of deception.

In “Irving Kristol RIP,” Antiwar.com editor Justin Raimondo described Kristol’s legacy as “war, war, and yet more war, as far as the eye can see.”

Unless Americans soon realize that they’ve been deceived by those for whom “American greatness” is merely a means to advance “the survival of the state of Israel,” that legacy promises to be an enduring one.




Maidhc Ó Cathail is a widely published writer based in Japan. To read more of his writing, go to Maidhc Ó Cathail: Writing and Analysis.

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9 Comments

  1. Rehmat on the 12. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    William Kristol lied in 2003 about Iraqi WMDs and as an Israeli Hasbara idiot – is doing the same thing now, while some of his ‘Israel-First’ buddies still believe that Ben Obama is a ‘Crypto-Muslim’.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/poll-obama-is-a-muslim-or-hitler-or-anti-christ/

  2. Earlaiman on the 12. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Obama a Muslim? Inshallah, that he were! We would not have so many problems and such a killing frenx=zy if he were a “man of the book” and a true servant of God!

    No, Barack Hussein Obama, despite the name and the patrimony, is definitely NOT a Muslim.

    Sadly snd unfortunately for the rest of the world!

    Earlaiman

  3. Dawoodi Morkas on the 12. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    American people are fools to be fooled by those who want to destroy them. There is unemployment in the USA, which can be written-off by one stroke of a pen, only if the USA pledges not to buy new arsenal for two years, as already the current USA arsenal is enough to destroy the world hundred times over.

  4. D Costa on the 09. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Bill Krystol is a sociopath who loves to see blood and dead bodies everywhere. He and other warmongers and their children should be sent as frontline soldiers so that Mossad can blow them up–instead of our young Christian men.

  5. D Costa on the 10. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    “The Source of America’s Wars–Krystol Clear” written by Maidhe O’Cathail is an article that displays clarity and truthfulness and honesty of the writer who has only one mission in mind and he has accomplished it.

    “Following his father’s advice, William Kristol has been a fervent supporter of massive U.S. military spending. In 1996, he co-authored with Robert Kagan an influential neocon manifesto titled “Toward a Neo-Reaganite Foreign Policy.” It recommended that “America should pursue a vision of benevolent hegemony as bold as Reagan’s in the 1970s and wield its authority unabashedly”, writes Maidhe O’Cathail in simple language–without half truths or baloney.

    Jay C posted a fantastic link at the end of another article which had a video about whom we can trust out of radio personalities and journalists. I wish he posts it everywhere. The people who give us soup [truth, half truth mixed with baloney] are doing a disservice and these people need to be exposed. Michael Savage and Alex Jones and Gordon Duff belong to this group.

    “By contrast, the Soviet legal system left prosecutors with a wide discretion in identifying “anti-Soviet” activities. Almost anything irritating to the Soviet state could qualify. An impossible burden of proof lay on the accused; guilt was presumed; acquittals were virtually nonexistent. To be indicted was already to be convicted. Since the charge was undefined, it was unfalsifiable; there was no such thing as a false accusation. As a result, the Russian population lived in fear.

    The word anti-Semitic functions like the word anti-Soviet. Being undefined, it’s unfalsifiable. Loose charges of “anti-Semitism” are common, but nobody suffers any penalty for making them, since what is unfalsifiable can never be shown to be false. I once read an article in a Jewish magazine that called the first Star Wars movie “anti- Semitic.” I was amazed, but I couldn’t prove the contrary. Who could? And of course people in public life — and often in private life — fear incurring the label, however guiltless they may be.

    If you want to distinguish between the innocent and the guilty, you define crimes precisely. If, however, you merely want to maximize the number of convictions, increase the power of the accusers, and create an atmosphere of dread, you define crimes as loosely as possible. We now have an incentive system that might have been designed to promote loose charges of “anti-Semitism.”

    Silly as all this is from a rational point of view, the label of anti-Semitism is deeply feared. It does signify one thing: Jewish hatred. When I became a conservative as a college freshman, in 1965, nearly all Jews were liberals and Jewish intellectuals associated conservatism with “anti-Semitism.” Bill Buckley was often depicted as a fascist or crypto-Nazi; given the smears he endured, it’s understandable that he should go to great lengths to appear pro-Jewish, even if he somewhat overdid it by abetting smears of his fellow conservatives.”—Israel Shamir

    Yes it is a trick and the Jews will always use it till there are enough people like Debbie Menon, Israel Shamir, Maidhe O’Cathail, Jeff Gates, Alan Sabrosky, Philip Giraldi, David Duke, William Pierce Texe Marrs who will keep on hammering the truth about Israel and Jews who support it and their deception, lies, corruption, greed, fraud and crime–and say it in clear language unlike some writers who mix the truth with half-truth and some baloney–dispensing disinformation–confusing people.

  6. James Morris on the 16. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    One just has to read Dr. Stephen Sniegoski’s ‘The Transparent Cabal’ book for more on the neocon warmongering agenda for Israel:

    http://tinyurl.com/thetransparentcabal

  7. D Costa on the 21. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Maidhc O’Cathail and Stephen Sniegoski are honest truthtellers who present the truth with clarity which requires enormous courage and selflessness.

    Those who mix the truth with half truths and baloney offer their dangling carrot with the intent to passify all groups for selfish reason–to make abundant money and because they lack character. They are cowards whose voices are weak and their style of writing keeps changing–and some of them cannot get away from the left/right paradigm despite all the information out there–that the Republic and Democratic parties are both controlled by the Israel lobby [AIPAC] and other groups of rich Zionist Jewish communists [who portray themselves as conservatives and liberals].

    Thus they provide misinformation and disinformation–preventing more people from waking up to the real truth. This is a great disservice not only to the honest truthtellers and the entire truth movement but to all people in America and the world.

    The book “Transparent Cabal” by Dr Stephen Sniegoski gives us the real truth–a must read. My greatest gratitude to this author and all other honest trthtellers!

  8. D Costa on the 21. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    “There have been a number of cases reported to the FBI about Mossad officers who have approached leaders in Arab-American communities and have falsely represented themselves as “U.S. intelligence.” Because few Muslims would assist an Israeli, this is done to increase the likelihood that the target will cooperate. It’s referred to as a “false flag” operation.

    Mossad officers sought to recruit Arab-Americans as sources willing to inform on their associates and neighbors. The approaches, which took place in New York and New Jersey, were reportedly handled clumsily, making the targets of the operation suspicious. These Arab-Americans turned down the requests for cooperation, and some of the contacts were eventually reported to the FBI, which has determined that at least two of the Mossad officers are, ironically, Israeli Arabs operating out of Israel’s mission to the United Nations in New York under cover as consular assistants.

    In another bizarre case, U.S.S. Liberty survivor Phil Tourney was recently accosted in Southern California by a foreigner who eventually identified himself as an Israeli government representative. Tourney was taunted, and the Israeli threatened both him and journalist Mark Glenn, who has been reporting on the Liberty story. Tourney was approached in a hotel lounge, and it is not completely clear how the Israeli was able to identify him. But he knew exactly who Tourney was, as the official referred to the Liberty, saying that the people who had been killed on board had gotten what they deserved. There were a number of witnesses to the incident, including Tourney’s wife. The threat has been reported to the FBI, which is investigating, but Tourney and Glenn believe that the incident is not being taken seriously by the bureau.

    FBI sources indicate that the increase in Mossad activity is a major problem.”

    –Writes Philip Giraldi in his article “Mossad pretends to be US Intelligence”. Read the full article for more details and also “A bipartisan look at the Israeli lobby” by Philip Giraldi.

    Israel’s bombing of the USS Liberty is not a well known story. Author and Journalist Mark Glenn has plenty of information on this atrocious crime at The Ugly Truth website.

    Another atrocious crime perpetrated by the Jews: The black slave trade in America owned and operated by the Jews has been kept hidden under the rug for decades. Instead white people solely have been blamed for this. Truthteller Dr David Duke provides this information on his website. There are efforts to sabotage his site and you may get a red signal indicating that David Duke’s site is a dangerous one.

    Be careful of the so called “Israeli Art Students” for they may be Mossad agents and other criminals who are put there to spy on you and harm you in other ways. Learn about “Kitat Kokenut” and the Israeli police state in America available at Mark Dankof’s website and Brother Nathanael’s “The real Zionist News”.

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