From the July 28, 2003 issue: Anatomy of a scandal that wasn't.Jul 28, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 44 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
KARL ROVE is a genius. No--Rove probably gets more credit than he deserves for political smarts, and the president gets too little, so let's rephrase that: George W. Bush is a genius.
Almost two weeks ago, the president ordered his White House staff to bollix up its explanation of that now-infamous 16-word "uranium from Africa" sentence in his State of the Union address.
George W. Bush's meeting with China's Hu Jintao makes one wonder if the bureaucracy has seized control of China policy from a preoccupied president.12:00 AM, Jun 5, 2003 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
PRESIDENT BUSH has had an impressive and successful trip to Europe and the Middle East. But the president's June 1 meeting with President Hu Jintao of China, as described in an unnamed senior administration official's "background" briefing, makes one wonder if the bureaucracy has seized control of China policy from a preoccupied president, vice president and national security adviser. (The entire briefing is available at the White House website).
From the May 26, 2003 issue: A great democracy like ours deserves a first-rate newspaper of record. And the New York Times isn't it. May 26, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 36 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
CONSERVATIVES, populists, humorists, smart alecks, men and women of good will everywhere, including even a few Blue America types--in sum, a solid majority of our fellow citizens--are enjoying the misery of the New York Times. It is hard not to relish the sight of smugness shown up, pomposity punctured, and self-righteousness smashed.
We're of two minds about the glee. On the one hand, there is much that is impressive, even admirable, about the New York Times. Its in-depth coverage of events overseas is unmatched, certainly in the American press, perhaps in the world.
From the May 12, 2003 issue: The war on terror continues.May 12, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 34 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
--Winston Churchill, November 10, 1942, after the British defeat of the German Afrika Korps in Egypt
THE WAR ON TERROR is not World War II, and George W. Bush is not Winston Churchill. Still, the war in which we are presently engaged is a fundamental challenge for the United States and the civilized world. It is a defining moment for America and American foreign policy.
From the March 17, 2003 issue: Finally, Saddam Hussein will be forced off the world's stage.Mar 17, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 26 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"There is an alternative: to open our eyes, to do more than sit and wait for the next crisis, and to shift fundamentally the direction of U.S. policy toward Saddam. Containment is no longer enough. Rather than try to contain Saddam, a strategy that has failed, our policy should now aim to remove him from power by any and all means necessary. . . . We hope the president and his advisers will begin to . . . prepare for the coming crisis. And we hope that Republicans rouse themselves from their post-Cold War torpor and see the Iraqi threat for what it is.
From the February 10, 2003 issue: The members of the president's foreign-policy team have all become Reaganites.Feb 10, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 21 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION IN 1976, as Ronald Reagan's challenge to Gerald Ford for the GOP presidential nomination was on the verge of falling short, the Reagan forces assembled for one last battle. They rallied behind a challenge to Ford's secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, and his "realistic" foreign policy of détente. They succeeded in substituting their own foreign policy plank for the administration's preferred one in the Republican platform. The Reagan plank was entitled "Morality in Foreign Policy."
In 1976, George W.
ADVANCE COPY from the January 20, 2003 issue: The crisis in North Korea and the collapse of the two-war standard.Jan 20, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 18 • By ROBERT KAGAN and WILLIAM KRISTOL
READING THE AVALANCHE of op-ed articles on U.S. policy toward North Korea, especially from liberals noted for their dovishness on the subject of Iraq, you can't tell whether our leading foreign policy experts are dumb or dishonest. Why, they ask in feigned puzzlement, is President Bush not threatening military action against North Korea?
We generously offer to unlock this perplexing riddle. President Bush plans to invade Iraq sometime in the next two months and has neither the desire nor, unfortunately, the military capability to fight two wars at once.
From the December 19, 2002 Washington Post: It's time for GOP senators--and the president--to publicly answer a simple question: Should Trent Lott be the Republican leader in the Senate?5:00 AM, Dec 19, 2002 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime. . .
But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near. . .
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust.
--Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"
IN THE MATTER OF TRENT LOTT, time's winged chariot has surely arrived. Now's the time for his Republican colleagues, and the president, to "roll all [their] strength . . .
John McCain's "Worth the Fighting For" and Behnegar on Leo Strauss.Dec 23, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 15 • By
BOOKS IN BRIEF
Worth the Fighting For: A Memoir
by John McCain, with Mark Salter
Random House, 396 pp., $25.95
AS A RECOVERING McCainiac, I hesitated to pick up the new John McCain-Mark Salter volume. Their previous effort, McCain's war memoir, "Faith of My Fathers," was so good that I expected "Worth the Fighting For" to be a disappointment.
ADVANCE EDITORIAL from the Dec. 23, 2002 issue: Stanford University declares it will harvest and exploit cloned human embryos--democratic institutions be damned.Dec 23, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 15 • By ERIC COHEN and WILLIAM KRISTOL
TRUTH, famously the first casualty of war, is now falling victim to the latest skirmish in the biotech wars. Euphemism and doublespeak are the order of the day, and not because of timid politicians or shameless propagandists, but, shockingly, because of the eagerness of a leading university to embark on human cloning research.
Earlier this week, Stanford University announced the creation of a $12 million research center that would, among other things, produce cloned human embryos for biomedical research.
Today's Washington Post provides yet more evidence of something we've already known for months: Saddam Hussein's regime and al Qaeda are working together. A true war on terrorism requires taking on both.3:50 PM, Dec 12, 2002 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
THIS MORNING'S front page article in the Washington Post, "Report Cites Al Qaeda Deal For Iraqi Gas," should not come as a surprise. Over the past months, we have had several detailed reports of links between Iraq and al Qaeda.
Woodward and Sammon on Bush as war president.Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By FRED BARNES
Bush at War
by Bob Woodward
Simon & Schuster, 349 pp., $28
The War on Terrorism from Inside the Bush White House
by Bill Sammon
Regnery, 400 pp., $27.95
LET'S GET RIGHT to the scoreboard. The winners in Bob Woodward's account of President Bush's response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA director George Tenet, and, to a lesser extent, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and her deputy, Stephen Hadley. And Bush himself, who Woodward believes figured out quickly how to be an effective commander in chief.
From the November 18, 2002 issue: What does the Iraq resolution really mean?Nov 18, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 10 • By ROBERT KAGAN and WILLIAM KRISTOL
PRESIDENT BUSH'S resounding victory in last week's midterm elections was, among other things, a remarkable expression of national support for the course the president has steered in the war on terrorism. And, of course, that includes the president's Iraq policy. Time and again as he toured the nation providing invaluable support to Republican candidates, President Bush made clear to voters that he intended to take action against Saddam Hussein.
From the October 28, 2002 issue: The Clinton "engagement" was a failure.Oct 28, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 07 • By GARY SCHMITT and WILLIAM KRISTOL
LAST WEEK, the White House announced that North Korea has admitted what critics of the Clinton "engagement" ruefully predicted eight years ago: Pyongyang retains a secret nuclear weapons program, in defiance of its 1994 pledge to forswear nukes. Since the disclosure became public, the Bush administration has been properly stern and sober, indicating that North Korea's behavior must stop and must not be rewarded. But the administration has also felt the need to reassure us that North Korea is not like Iraq.