William Kristol is one of the main thinkers of the Neo-Cons. He was fully supportive of the Wilsonian “spread Democracy” ideology. This idea influenced the Bush administration after 9/11 which led to the Afghanistan and Iraq nation building projects. Wilsonianism is also popular with the Left. Obama launched the Libya War to support Democracy. Obama with the support of McCain and his girlfriend, Ms. Lindsey Graham, supported the Arab Spring that installed Islamists governments in Tunisia and Egypt. William Kristol was one the biggest supporters of these polices. Well not anymore.
Realizing the error of his ways, William Kristol finally admits the truth. That the enemy we are facing is not just Al-Qaeda. Its political Islam in all its forms.
Would that it were so. Would that it were so that the Sept. 11 attacks marked the beginning of a period whose end is soon approaching. The president thinks this, and the American people would like it to be so. It’s an attractive view, with the great political merit of offering hope of a relatively early and clear end to “this time of war.” And it’s not an intellectually incoherent view: The 9/11 attack was launched by al-Qaeda based in Afghanistan. Our war aim has been and is to destroy al-Qaeda and prevent the use of Afghanistan as a base for future attacks. When we’ve achieved this objective, the war will end.
This doesn’t mean we need to be deploying troops and fighting ground wars all around the globe. After Korea and Vietnam, we conducted the rest of the Cold War without major combat operations. But that “time of war” didn’t end after the armistice in Korea or the retreat from Vietnam. Unfortunately, the war in which we are engaged won’t end with peace in, or withdrawal from, Afghanistan.
I salute William Kristol for his realization. I was one of his biggest critics, but I have to be intellectually honest. He realizes that we can’t impose Democracy on the Islamic world. The best thing is containment and Cold War with Political Islam. They have many enemies and the US should reach out to anti-Islamic factions and encircle the Dar al Islam.
Congratulations William Kristol for seeing the light and the truth! He will make an great ally in spreading the truth about political Islam.