I propose that we hereby refer to Bill Kristol as the most dangerous pundit in America. He has what seems like a mainline to the White House and yet, of all his colleagues, he is the most casually dishonest, the most outwardly war-hungry, and the most recklessly illogical. Here's an example of all three:
[R]eal progress has already been made in the war against Al Qaeda in Iraq, and the terrorists know it.That's why they're surging against our surge, and why they are attempting to convince us that we have lost when it is they who are losing.
He should have added that al Qaeda's rubber and we're glue. This is so preposterous that it requires a platitude that even an eight-year-old could understand: This war can't be won, but it can be lost. In fact, the only way the situation in Iraq could in any way be considered "not lost" is if the amount of violence drops drastically before all the vestiges of civil society in Iraq have been destroyed. That's it. So when the insurgents "surge against our surge" it doesn't matter why they do it. As long as they have the resources to do it, it means we lose. That, if anything, is the defining characteristic of our involvement in Iraq today, and it's a reality that Bill Kristol is maddeningly desperate to obfuscate.