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How Bill Kristol Purged the Arabists


After taping John Stossel's show on May 16 in New York, the Mrs. and I took the 10 a.m. Acela back to Washington. Once we had boarded the train, who should come waddling up the aisle but Bill Kristol.

The Weekly Standard editor seemed cheerful, and we chatted about the surge in Mitt Romney's popularity and prospects.

I did not ask what he had been doing in New York, but thanks to the website Mondoweiss, I found out. Kristol was there for a May 15 "debate" with Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street, the pro-Israel organization, at B'nai Jeshurun synagogue on the Upper West Side.

After listening to Kristol, writes Phil Weiss, "I am still reeling."

"Kristol was treated like royalty and came off as ... a Republican Party warlord," bragging "about how all the hostile elements to Israel inside the Republican Party were purged over the last 30 years — (and) no one (now) dared to question the power of the Israeli lobby."

"The big story in the Republican Party over the last 30 years, and I'm very happy about this," said Kristol, is the "eclipsing" of the George H.W. Bush-James Baker-Brent Scowcroft realists, "an Arabist old-fashioned Republican Party ... very concerned about relations with Arab states that were not friendly with Israel ... ."

That Bush crowd is yesterday, said Kristol. And not only had the "Arabists" like President Bush been shoved aside by the neocons, the "Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul type" of Republican has been purged.

"At B'nai Jeshurun," writes Weiss, "Kristol admitted to playing a role in expelling members of the Republican Party he does not agree with." These are Republicans you had to "repudiate," said Kristol, people "of whom I disapprove so much that I won't appear with them."

"I've encouraged that they be expelled or not welcomed into the Republican Party. I'd be happy if Ron Paul left. I was very happy when Pat Buchanan was allowed — really encouraged ... by George Bush ... to go off and run as a third-party candidate."

Kristol's point: Refuse to toe the neo-con line on Israel, and you have no future in the Republican Party.

Ben Ami seemed equally exultant: "We've won the war; we won the war," he told the audience. Ninety-nine percent of Congress now votes almost 100 percent pro-Israel.

But Ben Ami appeared nervous about how this unanimity in the Congress behind Israel had been achieved:

"I very seriously and absolutely do believe that a significant percentage of American members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are intimidated on this issue (of Israel).

... They worry about the ramifications of speaking out. ... They are worried about the attacks that they will receive."

Ben Ami said the 50 members who have criticized Israel are courageous, but, "Another 200 are scared to do it." reports Ben Ami as saying congressmen "live in fear" of the Israeli lobby.

Kristol laughed at this and dared Ben Ami to name them.

When Ben Ami brought up the destruction of Palestinian rights on the West Bank and said Hillary Clinton repeatedly raises this issue with Israel, writes Weiss, "Kristol sniggered."

It's a "myth," said Kristol, that Arabs care about Palestinians. The Israeli occupation on the West Bank can last for 45 or 60 years more. Bill Kristol on Palestinian rights sounds like Bull Connor talking about Negro rights in Birmingham in 1965.

Another source says Kristol predicted that Sen. Joe Lieberman, whose voting record is closer to Socialist Bernie Sanders' than to conservative Jim DeMint's, will be secretary of state in the Romney administration.

A former head of the Israel lobby AIPAC describes Lieberman as "the No. 1 pro-Israel advocate and leader in the Congress."

Joe led the cheers for our last three Middle East wars — and has pushed for two more, against Syria and Iran.

About Kristol's comments, a point of personal privilege.

George W. Bush never "encouraged" me to go third party. At the Iowa straw poll in 1999, he asked me to stay in the party, and party chair Jim Nicholson came to my home to make the same request.

At the synagogue, Kristol was never asked about his role in the Iraq War that he and his collaborators pressured Bush to wage as "Israel's fight against terrorism is our fight."

Some 4,500 Americans died in that war, 35,000 were wounded, and 100,000 Iraqis perished, leaving half a million widows and orphans.

Result: U.S. influence in the Middle East is at a nadir. Al-Qaida has spread into Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Syria and North Africa.

Now the neocons are worming their way into the Romney camp, dropping us hints on whether John Bolton or Joe Lieberman will be the next secretary of state.

Has Gov. Romney imbibed the Kristol Kool-Aid that caused the war and cost the party Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008?

Hard to believe, but we should find out before November.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?"To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Sir;... I think it is strange the way posts disappear around you...Are you not afraid that you will disappear too???... It is the wonderful, and really unfathomable quality of being able to disappear a multitude of problems that makes Israel great... Now; I have a hard time seeing Mr. Kristol as David, and you as Goliath; but I have no problem seeing him as Samson, and you as the jaw bone of an ass... You certainly slay me... Do you really think you can compete with the Israel Lobby???... If they only give our government a fraction of the money we have given them, the government will be forever in the heart of Israel...
Here is one result of giving your religious denominations too many privilages in the name of protecting them from the government...If the people will ever govern this country it will not be possible without ending the privilages of the churches to meddle in politics...Supporting Israel against the will of a billion and a half Muslims is not an act that grew out of reason... If we will have democracy people will have to try, even to swear to try to be governed by reason, and to cast ideologies and religious beliefs aside... I know people are not particularly reasonable, and I cannot expect that they will be reasonable for long... Rather, people should manage to be reasonable in the matter of government because reason is so essential to self government, and because it is the only way our common goals can be reached...
That old time religion that finds its roots in the Old Testament is behind Mr. Kristol... You did not think he could do it alone...Protestantism has been a force behind the expansion of Israel...We cannot defend them without showing offense to the whole middle east... And offense on their behalf, or even our own cause is not what we say we were created for... The churches have their privilage to interfere and force the nation to act as it should not; and I have my poor pitiful right to disagree...Since you have been purged, I will see you in the Gulag...Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue May 29, 2012 6:36 PM
Mr. Sweeny: Some considerations:

"Liberty" is not the "Supreme Law of the land" although it is being touted by many (DeMint, Pelosi, H. Clinton, Ron Paul, etc.,) as what made the nation in the first place and what will rebuild it again. All of those listed above and many more have their own definitions of "liberty" "freedom" etc.

In the process, ideas like, "Our government should be religion-neutral or secular." such as suggested by Sen. DeMint to save freedom are put forth ("Saving Freedom", p 154). And in one section of "Liberty Defined" by Ron Paul, I read something like: "Liberty built civilization. Liberty can rebuild civilization.”

Essentially, at their core, is the dethronement of Truth--God's Truth and the attempted dethronement of the Lord Himself. Liberty (depending on how one defines it) becomes an idol and the state becomes god. Nothing is religiously neutral. A secular government is in and of itself a religion--one of the worst kind.

No where does the U.S. Constitution mandate a "secular" government. Nor is it found that "liberty" has any power to do anything by those who lived during the founding era.

Even the Constitution itself is powerless to restrain the forces of servitude by people who desire tyranny.

There is a living God, however, that rules in the affairs of men and destroys the worldly "wisdom" of men. And what is noted above, is a denial of a dangerously deceptive kind. The quote below from the mid-1800's adequately describes what is going on today as seen in the comments above.

"Here is another truth which politicians will probably hear as disdainfully as the proposition that no people is master of its own destiny. They little think that a secret but omnipotent hand is making all their mighty policies subservient to that spiritual dominion of the despised Nazarene which they scarcely deign to remember. But doubtless the Almighty intends to teach men both truths effectually; and it may be done at the cost of destroying many admired theories of worldly wisdom."

(See the excerpt below from R.L. Dabney for a broader context of this quote)

From R.L. Dabney:

One other lesson should be derived from this discussion. It is suggested by the question, can a nation living under a free government secure its own future by any means or expedients whatsoever to be employed by the government?

To many an eager mind this question causes only astonishment and offense; he answers hotly in the affirmative. His boast is that a great people is master of its own destiny.

How often has he not heard it eloquently proclaimed from the hustings and the Fourth-of- July platform that if the people are true to their free principles they are invincible? There is a sense in which this is true; but it is not the sense of this boast. Both the Scriptures and history teach us that nations have not their destinies in their own hands; neither are there any statesmen or institutions on this earth that can assure them absolutely. God says: "Lift not up your horn on high speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

But God is the Judge: he putteth down one and setteth up another."

There is no human wisdom, power, nor virtue great enough to control the complicated and mighty issues of a nation's destiny: It is one of the exclusive prerogatives of divine Providence. It is a task beyond the power of teachers, rulers, congresses, and constitution-makers.

It is true that this Sovereign Providence treats nations as corporate personalities, holds them responsible, and rewards and punishes according to justice.

It is from this source, and from this alone, that we can infer the nation which is true to his righteous precepts will receive the reward of prosperity from his judgments, and in that sense can assure its welfare by being true to itself.

The divine rule is, "It is RIGHTEOUSNESS which exalteth a nation."

Some are so overweening as to suppose that they can do it by literature. But mere knowledge cannot take the place of righteousness. God will not permit himself to be thus refuted. And if even his own church is unable, in its own strength, to sanctify a single soul, but is dependent on the dispensation of sovereign grace, still less can the state, a mere world-power, propagate true righteousness.

When God bestows the conditions of national freedom and greatness, he works as a sovereign, and men, with their plans, are but instruments in his hand.

Nor are the legislator and the office-holder usually important instruments: they do not direct the current of destiny, but are rather the straws floating with it.

The efficient instruments are "men whose hearts God hath touched," the great elaborators of vitalizing truths-the Gospel-and the godly parents of the land.

Must magistrates, then, stand idle like fatalists, awaiting God's sovereign dispensation of weal or woe?

By no means.

God does not work without means. And the most effectual way for the government "to educate the people" in the interests of national prosperity is to make every official act a lesson in straightforward righteousness.

Thus the tremendous influence of the government's example is directed to inculcate the valuable lessons.

But if that influence teaches dishonesty, all the book-lessons of all the State schools in the broad land will be too weak to correct it.

Prophecy assures us that God is shaping the fortunes of empires with supreme reference to the spread of Messiah's kingdom.

Here is another truth which politicians will probably hear as disdainfully as the proposition that no people is master of its own destiny. They little think that a secret but omnipotent hand is making all their mighty policies subservient to that spiritual dominion of the despised Nazarene which they scarcely deign to remember. But doubtless the Almighty intends to teach men both truths effectually; and it may be done at the cost of destroying many admired theories of worldly wisdom.

Comment: #2
Posted by: Ron
Sun Jun 3, 2012 3:57 AM
If one actually lived by the Old Testament, they would be in prison for an endless amount of crimes. If they lived by the words of the New Testament they'd be in a nuthouse or sleeping under an expressway overpass.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Ulver
Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:46 PM
Ulver, I intend to quote you on this.
Comment: #4
Posted by: D. Pressey
Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:35 AM
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