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

‘American Leadership at Its Best’

12:00 AM, Sep 22, 2014
In his September 10 speech to the nation, President Obama said, “This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.” Obama’s wrong. Standing with people who fight for... Read more

Obama Orders Boots on the Ground!

09:07 AM, Sep 16, 2014
We're at war. We're putting boots on the ground. We're not waiting around for the host nation's government to get its affairs in order, or for a regional coalition to commit first. The president has apparently overcome his reluctance to use the military, his worries about a commitment to... Read more

Obama Tonight: Yemen and Somalia Are Models of Success (!)

06:20 PM, Sep 10, 2014
The White House has released a couple of excerpts of the president's address to the nation. Here's the second: “But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign... Read more

2017 Project's Alternative to Obamacare Gets a Boost

10:21 AM, Sep 08, 2014
2017 Project executive director Jeffrey Anderson issued a memorandum this morning reporting that t he nonpartisan Center for Health & Economy has "scored" the group’s alternative to Obamacare. THE WEEKLY STANDARD readers are familiar with the broad case for the alternative (see... Read more

Kerry's Red Line

10:40 AM, Sep 07, 2014
President Obama spoke about ISIS at length in his Meet the Press interview this morning, but he didn't offer much clarity as to what he's going to do about ISIS . One might say he's learned from bitter experience not to lay down red lines, and that he 's being purposefully vague.... Read more

‘We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’

12:00 AM, Sep 08, 2014
"Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won’t be easy and it won’t be quick,” President Obama told the American Legion’s annual convention in Charlotte on Tuesday, August 26. He repeated the thought in his pre-Labor Day weekend press conference on August 28. A week before, the day after the murder... Read more

No Reply from America?

12:00 AM, Sep 01, 2014
On  Tuesday, August 19, an American citizen, James Foley, was savagely killed. The group of jihadists known as ISIL had previously killed and brutalized tens of thousands of non-Americans. But they killed Foley because he was an American. They titled the grotesque video of this particular... Read more

Obama's Problem Is Iraq Policy, Not Vacation

07:01 AM, Aug 25, 2014
On Sunday, the boss joined George Stephanopolous, David Plouffe, Peggy Noonan, and Donna Edwards on ABC's This Week  to talk about Iraq, Ferguson, Rick Perry's indictment, and a potential 2016 run from former Democratic senator Jim Webb. Stephanopolous referred to a recent WEEKLY STANDARD... Read more

Annihilate ISIS

10:54 AM, Aug 20, 2014
Here are the two best responses I've seen so far to the latest barbarism from ISIS. My friend Seth  Leibsohn , now a talk radio host in Phoenix, emails with a short-term suggestion: The brazen and videoed decapitation of an American by ISIS terrorists should trigger immediate holy... Read more


01:45 PM, Aug 20, 2014
The president is appalled. Indeed he said this afternoon that "the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL." The act of violence that killed Jim Foley, the president continued, "shocks the conscience of the entire world." What happens in the... Read more

Can Hillary Be Defeated?

08:29 AM, Aug 12, 2014
Here's an excerpt from the boss's newsletter this week: Sunday's     New York Times Book Review  brought confirmation of what we'd heard last week: Daniel Halper's  Clinton, Inc . , has shot immediately to #10 on the  Times  hard cover ... Read more

Kristol on Morning Joe: ISIS a 'Strategic Threat' in Iraq

07:46 AM, Aug 08, 2014
The boss was on the set of MSNBC's Morning Joe  Friday to discuss Iraq, the Tea Party, and the midterm elections. Watch the videos below:  Read more

No Sword, No Justice

12:00 AM, Aug 04, 2014
On Tuesday, President Obama visited the Dutch embassy in Washington to pay his respects to the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot down over Ukraine by forces armed and backed by Vladimir Putin. Obama wrote in the embassy’s condolence book, “We will not rest until we are certain that... Read more

Note to the House GOP: Kill the Bill

05:40 AM, Jul 31, 2014
The House Republican leadership is having trouble getting 218 votes for its immigration bill. The policy objections to the bill seem convincing to me—among them that it seems to appropriate more money, on a pro-rated monthly basis, than the president's proposal; that it might well make it... Read more

To TWS Readers in the Vicinity of Rome

08:14 PM, Jul 28, 2014
Our friends at the admirable Italian newspaper, il Foglio , have announced a rally in front of their headquarters in Rome Wednesday night. The rally has two goals: First, to support the right of Israel to defend itself -- something that will be a useful challenge and rebuke to the anti-Israel... Read more

Marijuana Legalization Would Be 'a Health Catastrophe'

09:50 AM, Jul 27, 2014
A leading drug policy researcher, David Murray, has a must-read piece up at the Hudson Institute website, " Comparing Marijuana and Alcohol: Seriously ." Murray's article is a devastating deconstruction of claims that marijuana is relatively safe, or at least safer than alcohol. And, as he... Read more

Haaretz (!) Slams Kerry

07:59 PM, Jul 26, 2014
Writing in Haaretz (Israel's New York Times , but further left), Barak Ravid, unquestionably a man of the left, turns on John Kerry. Read the whole thing , but here are highlights: The draft Kerry passed to Israel on Friday shocked the cabinet ministers not only because it was the... Read more

Will the West Stand Up Against Russia?

07:36 AM, Jul 24, 2014
The boss appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe  Thursday and discussed the geopolitical fallout from the attack on the Malaysian airliner shot down by Russian-backed separatists over Ukrainian territory. "Is the West going to be serious about dealing with Putin or not?" he asked. Watch the... Read more

What Did Reagan Do?

10:18 AM, Jul 18, 2014
We've been seeing short clips from President Reagan's address to the nation a few days after Korean Air Lines fight 007 was shot down by the Soviet Union. But it's worth reading the whole text to remember what an eloquent, serious, tough, and thoughtful American president says--and does--in such... Read more

Israel and the West

06:14 AM, Jul 17, 2014
Douglas Murray has a terrific post at the London Spectator 's website , a reply to Hugo Rifkind's claim in his column in the magazine that Israel is "drifting away" from the West. Here's Murray: What is more interesting is this idea of Israel drifting away from the West. In his... Read more

The Clintons v. Halper, Round One

06:32 AM, Jul 14, 2014
In a new report on a bizarre email sent to dozens of reporters over the weekend, the Daily Beast 's Lloyd Grove explores " The Strange Leak of the New Expose 'Clinton, Inc.' " Grove reports that " a prolific but mysterious rogue distributor...somehow got a copy of Halper’s book and... Read more

The Kristol Chats

12:00 AM, Jul 14, 2014
The Scrapbook has previously lauded the work of the Foundation for Constitutional Government. To support the serious study of politics and political philosophy, it’s developed a series of websites devoted to important, contemporary thinkers (Walter Berns, Irving Kristol, Harvey Mansfield, James... Read more

2016 or Bust

12:00 AM, Jun 30, 2014
Commenting on the results of the latest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal survey, NBC’s Chuck Todd remarked, “This poll is a disaster for the president.” Indeed, he continued, “essentially the public is saying, ‘Your presidency is over.’ ”  But it isn’t over. It won’t be over for two and a... Read more

Obama's Foreign Policy Explained

12:01 PM, Jun 24, 2014
This clip explains, better than countless learned articles could, the essence of Obama's foreign policy. He's got a "four-stage strategy:"  Read more

Our ‘Dead Broke’ Leaders

12:00 AM, Jun 23, 2014
In the largest turnout in a congressional primary in the history of Virginia politics, the voters of the Commonwealth’s 7th Congressional District last Tuesday decisively chose not to renominate their seven-term representative, now serving as House majority leader, who had massively outspent his... Read more

What to Do in Iraq

10:45 AM, Jun 16, 2014
It’s widely agreed that the collapse of Iraq would be a disaster for American interests and security in the Middle East and around the world. It also seems to be widely assumed either that there's nothing we can now do to avert that disaster, or that our best bet is supporting Iran against al... Read more

Period? Full Stop?

12:00 AM, Jun 16, 2014
“Regardless of the circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop. We don’t condition that. That’s what every mom and dad who sees a son or daughter sent over into [a] war theater should expect... Read more

Virginia-7: Here the People Rule

09:50 PM, Jun 10, 2014
Around 7:00 p.m. this evening, as the polls closed in Virginia’s 7 th Congressional District, and as a populist, anti-Big Government  and  anti-Big Business challenger was about to record an amazing upset of the House majority leader in the GOP primary, an email arrived in TWS... Read more

The Great Upsets: Brat 2014 and Bell 1978

06:22 AM, Jun 11, 2014
In the New York Times , Jonathan Martin calls David Brat's defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary "one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history." So it is—perhaps the most stunning upset since in congressional history since an... Read more

A Hillary Hangover?

11:28 AM, Jun 09, 2014
If the mainstream media have their way—and to the degree they can prevent the continued groundswell of outrage about the Bergdahl/Taliban deal from interrupting the party—this week will be all Hillary, all the time. But will the party be good for Hillary? Or will we end up with a Hillary... Read more