William Kristol


William Kristol is the editor of The Weekly Standard, is a regular on ABC’s This Week and on ABC’s special events and election coverage, and appears frequently on other leading political commentary shows. Before starting the Weekly Standard in 1995, Mr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory.

Stories by William Kristol


‘Peak Leftism’?

Jul 06, 2015

It’s the summer of 2015, and the left is on the march. Or perhaps one should say—since the left presumably dislikes the militarist connotations of the term “march”—that the left is swarming. And in its mindless swarming and mob-like frenzy, nearly every hideous aspect of contemporary leftism is on display. 

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The Sentence That Could Doom the Iran Deal

12:50 PM, Jun 29, 2015

Here's a news bulletin from the Iran talks in Vienna:

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A Little Touch of Trump

Jun 29, 2015

We are not allowed, needless to say, to disclose our top secret list ranking the GOP presidential candidates from top to bottom. It’s kept in encrypted form on a password-protected, self-destructing hard drive in a safe room at The Weekly Standard, accessible only to a trusted few who are cleared to know all the machinations we are planning to engage in to secure a 2016 Republican nominee to our liking. But we can reveal this: Donald Trump competes for last place on our list with Rand Paul. We don’t think either man should be the next president of the United States.

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Now, Focus on Repeal

1:20 PM, Jun 25, 2015

The Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell is disappointing. But it also provides a welcome moment of clarity: We can finally dispense with the false belief that the Supreme Court will save us from Obamacare.

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350th, 250th?

2:19 PM, Jun 22, 2015

In today's newsletter, I segued from Alexander Hamilton and the ten dollar bill to a fine performance of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at Wolf Trap last week (don't ask about the relationship, you had to be there--and in fact you can be there if you sign up here) but I then continued:

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Keep Hope Alive!

Jun 22, 2015

In last week’s blur of news, as we forced ourselves to pay attention to the candidacies of the second Clinton and the third Bush, as we reacted to the vagaries of the Supreme Court at home and the brutalities of ISIS abroad, as we pondered the implications both of the Iranian nuclear program and the Caitlyn Jenner reality show, one story in particular caught our attention. Its headline: “Experts Say Best Option Now Is Keeping Nation As Comfortable As Possible Till End.”

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Not-So-Inevitable Hillary?

An excerpt from the 'Kristol Clear' newsletter.
2:00 PM, Jun 15, 2015

There's a new poll of New Hampshire Democratic primary voters. It shows Bernie Sanders with 32 percent of the vote, closing in on Hillary Clinton with 44 percent.

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Leo Strauss Online!

12:00 PM, Jun 15, 2015

I'm not sure what the great political philosopher Leo Strauss would have thought of the Internet (he was a skeptic about progress, but also a skeptic about reaction). I personally think he would have appreciated aspects of it. Perhaps he would have even written an essay on "Persecution and the Art of Tweeting." Or not.

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George W. Bush Was Right

Jun 15, 2015

William Butler Yeats sure had the Age of Obama right:

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere 

The ceremony of innocence is drowned.

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Poll: Bernie Gains on Hillary in New Hampshire

Clinton 44, Sanders 32
2:04 PM, Jun 14, 2015

Bernie Sanders, the independent Democratic senator from Vermont, is within striking distance of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in a new poll of likely New Hampshire presidential primary voters. A new survey from the Morning Consult finds 44 percent of New Hampshire voters who say they will vote in the Democratic primary support Clinton with 32 percent supporting Sanders.

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Where’s Paul Revere?

Jun 08, 2015

From the beginning, patriots have understood the need, at times, to sound the alarm:

So through the night rode Paul Revere;

And so through the night went his cry of alarm

To every Middlesex village and farm,—

A cry of defiance, and not of fear,

A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,

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R. Randolph Richardson, 1926-2015

10:04 AM, Jun 06, 2015

Randy Richardson, a friend of my parents and a man I knew and admired, died on Memorial Day. Randy was an important if unheralded figure (unheralded because he preferred to shun the limelight) in the conservative intellectual movement for several decades. Here are excerpts from tributes by his daughter, Heather R. Higgins, and his friend and former colleague, Leslie Lenkowsky, that capture some key aspects of Randy's character and contributions.

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Three Boomer Presidents Are Enough

Jun 01, 2015

Last week, Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin convened a focus group of Iowa Democrats to discuss Hillary Rodham Clinton. They were Ready for Hillary. Indeed, they were enthusiastic about the prospect. But when Halperin asked them to name an accomplishment of Hillary as secretary of state, they couldn’t come up with one. Nor, for that matter, could they have named an accomplishment of Hillary as senator. Nor as first lady. Nor as Arkansan.

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'Thoughts From the Ammo Line'

9:51 AM, May 29, 2015

One reason to look forward to Friday is that "Ammo Grrrll" always graces us with some "Thoughts From the Ammo Line" over at Power Line.

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President Obama, Orientalist?

7:22 PM, May 26, 2015

A reader who wishes not to be named, as he toils behind enemy lines—at a university—emails with a good question. It's about this statement by President Obama in his speech at Adas Israel synagogue last Friday:

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Memorial Day

1:35 PM, May 25, 2015

As I was looking around online Saturday, I happened to come across the text of President Obama's Memorial Day weekend radio address.

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‘A Perverse Consequence’

May 25, 2015

Let’s begin by doing something we don’t often do, and that is quoting the New York Times at some length. We do this because David Sanger’s report of Thursday, May 14, makes clear how mistaken are the premises underlying President Obama’s forthcoming Iran deal:

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The Kerry Guarantee

May 18, 2015

John Forbes Kerry is the 68th secretary of state of the United States of America. If you’re ever tempted to ponder American decline, or for that matter the decline of the West, you might pause to reflect that John Kerry was preceded in his august office by, among others, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, William Seward, John Hay, Elihu Root, Charles Evans Hughes, Henry Stimson, George Marshall, Dean Acheson, Henry Kissinger, and George Shultz.

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Special Editorial: A Step Toward Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

9:05 PM, May 13, 2015

Assuming a Republican wins the presidency in 2016, his top domestic priority will be—and should be—to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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The Empty Stadium

May 11, 2015

Two decades ago, Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam lamented that we “bowl alone.” This week, two teams played baseball alone.

Baltimore’s empty stadium as a metaphor for our national travails is almost too obvious: It suggests a city huddling in fear. Civic institutions without civic participation. Families hollowed out. A society emptied of conviction. A political order separated from its citizens. A civilization lacking defenders.

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75 Years Ago Today

10:28 AM, May 10, 2015

Seventy-five years ago today, on May 10, 1940, Nazi Germany invaded Holland and Belgium. Conservative prime minister Neville Chamberlain was rebuffed by Labour in his request to join him in a National Government, and at 6 pm, King George VI asked Winston Churchill to form a government. Churchill immediately did so. Here's the last paragraph of Churchill's account in the final chapter of his The Gathering Storm:

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A Dark Gulf

May 04, 2015

As always, Winston Churchill said it best. Here he is on March 24, 1938, less than two weeks after the Anschluss, the Nazi annexation of Austria:

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The Iran Deal: Oppose, Obstruct, Delay . . . Defeat

Apr 27, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton, quondam secretary of state and presumptive heir to the presidency 

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Editorial: Time for Senators to Step Up on Iran

8:35 AM, Apr 23, 2015

As always, Winston Churchill said it best. Here he is on March 24, 1938, speaking less than two weeks after the Anschluss, the Nazi annexation of Austria:

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War with Iran

Apr 20, 2015

Ever since it announced the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran last month, the Obama administration has flooded the news media with technical details elaborating the many virtues of the proposed framework agreement. Indeed, the White House sent its energy secretary, Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist, onto the Sunday shows to helpfully explain the knotty fine points that are likely to be lost on laymen—or anyone who doesn’t celebrate its signal accomplishment.

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Unravel the Deal

Apr 20, 2015

What is to be done about Obama’s Iran “deal”? We could, fatalistically, lament the collapse of American foreign policy. We could, indignantly, gnash our teeth in frustration at the current administration. We could, constructively, work to secure congressional review of the deal and urge presidential candidates to commit to altering or abrogating it.

Or we can stop it now.

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A Message From Mattis

12:27 PM, Apr 18, 2015

A must-read, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal opinion pages: Remarks from earlier this week in San Francisco by retired four-star Marine Corps general James Mattis to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here are excerpts:

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Five Points on the Iran Deal

6:38 AM, Apr 17, 2015

I've received several inquiries asking me to spell out some implications of this week's editorial. Here goes:

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Israel's Prime Minister Remembers the Holocaust

8:26 AM, Apr 16, 2015

This morning at 10:00 a.m., in Israel, all activity came to a halt as sirens sounded, and Israelis stood for two minutes with heads bowed in memory of the 6 million Jews, one third of the Jewish people, who perished in the Holocaust. Yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at Yad Vashem in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here are excerpts from his remarks:

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A Nuclear Iran?

Apr 06, 2015

Jerusalem

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