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Bill Kristol Accidentally Gets It Right


So I'm reading William Kristol's column in today's NY Times, all about how great 2008 has been for "freedom and democracy" around the world, and why we ought to help Georgia (the country, not the state) against Russia because, after all, they're one of the few countries besides us that still has troops in Iraq — neither of which being what he "got right" — when I come across this interesting rant:

"Dictators aren’t moved by the claims of justice unarmed; aggressors aren’t intimidated by diplomacy absent the credible threat of force; fanatics aren’t deterred by the disapproval of men of moderation or refinement."

Of course, he's talking about "the Vladimir Putins and Hu Jintaos and Mahmoud Ahmadinejads of the world," but I couldn't help applying it to the would-be dictators right here in the good ol' U.S. of A.: Bush/Cheney.

All I can say is, they're lucky the election is soon — or Bill Kristol might just have started his own home-grown revolution. 







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