Bill Kristol is a neoconservative pundit, which is to say he is a cheerleader for the US waging war whenever its "interests" can be advanced. He is a man who not only pushed continuously for the invasion of Iraq on the false pretenses that Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks and had weapons of mass destruction---claims that are now known to be patently false---he still believes that the invasion was the right thing to do. That invasion, justified by lies, resulted in roughly a million Iraqi deaths. Yes, had Kristol and his neocon teammates been unsuccessful in manufacturing popular consent for an illegal and unjustified invasion of a sovereign country, a million Iraqi human beings---more than the population of the greater Boston area---would be alive today, rather than dead.
Much more recently, Kristol et al. are advocating for US military "intervention" in another Middle-Eastern country, this time
Libya Syria Yemen Iran. On the corporate propaganda channel known as MSNBC, Kristol expressed his concern for the Iranian people and claimed to "stand with" them, while calling for regime change. This is the exact same script that neocons followed for Syria and Libya, where US military interventions of various kinds resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of additional people. Indeed, the story unfolding on the ground in Iran is frighteningly similar to 1953 when the CIA took advantage of small-scale local protests to manufacture a military coup that overthrew the democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, and replaced him with the tyrannical Shah.
Look, once you know the bloody history of US intervention in the post-WWII world, typically enacted by covert CIA actions, you can't un-see the pattern of deceit that leads to inevitable death and oppression of innocent people in the world.
Fortunately, there are some people who are in the right place at the right time to speak truth to power, like Trita Parsi, who stated the obvious by retorting, "With all due respect Bill, you’ve been arguing to bomb Iran for so long so I don’t know if you’re really respecting the Iranian people. You’ve been advocating killing Iranians."
The truth is that Bill has no respect due, whatsoever. When the US military gets involved in other countries, innocent people in those countries get killed in large numbers. From Iran to Guatemala to Vietnam to Cambodia to Laos to Guatemala to Nicaragua to Panama to Grenada to Iraq to Haiti to Yugoslavia to Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya to Syria to Yemen to Iran. None of these
interventions wars resulted in anything other than the advancement of US business interests and the deaths of millions of people. Ten to thirty million, in total, in 37 countries, to be more precise. These wars had nothing to do with your or my security, and they had nothing to do with the interests of the common people in those countries.
The current situation in Iran may be complicated, with popular protests in the streets calling for economic and social justice. But the question of whether the US should get involved has a simple answer: no, no it should not.
Oh, despite the fact that it doesn't allow me to wrap up this essay neatly, it's worth pointing out two additional important things:
- The fact that Kristol and other neocon mass murderers get invited onto the news should be a clear indication of the true purpose of the mainstream corporate media: to provide an outlet for propaganda. The only good reason I can think of for inviting a man like Kristol onto a nationally broadcast news show would be to arrest him for crimes against humanity, or to air his trial, sentencing and punishment so as to set an example to others (I'm looking at you Max Boot, John McCain, Henry Kissinger, Dick Cheney, et al.).
- Do you know who some of Kristol's best buddies are? Democrats. Not because Kristol is a Democrat. He's not a Republican, either. He's an evil warmonger, and neither side of the mainstream political spectrum in this country is anti-war. Hillary voted for the same Iraq invasion that Kristol advocated for, and she crowed "We came, we saw, he's dead!" regarding the rape and murder of Qaddafi, like some sort of psychopath (sigh, and no, this doesn't mean I like Trump. He and Hillary are both terrible human beings). The only way a true, successful anti-war movement will ever come to be in this country will be if people can divorce their thinking from the false dichotomy of Dem-vs-GOP. The purpose of the GOP is to drive the country to the right, and the role of the Democrats is to rigidly define the leftmost border of acceptable political debate, while moving that border to the right.