Comes the news that Rupert is shedding some of the dead weight in his media empire. Apparently, he is selling American Standard. Oops, that’s right, they decided on Weekly Standard for some reason. Maybe because neos are so distinctly un-American. Who knows? Piss on it, who cares?
Will Kristol and Barnes remain at the helm? Or will the magazine turn toward a more traditional conservatism?
Or will they have to find honest work that doesn’t involve shilling for war and more war.
The neoconservative movement has recently suffered several blows. The sun has set on the pugnacious New York Sun, which served as a valuable outlet for neoconservative journalists and authors. The American Enterprise Institute has ousted several neoconservatives, including Joshua Muravchik, from its roster of fellows.
Sad, isn’t it?
But the Standard’s greatest feat was to play a decisive role in shaping the debate during the run-up to the Iraq War, when magazines such as the New Republic followed its lead in promoting the toppling of Saddam Hussein.
Coincidentally, this is also the reason they should burn in Hell.
If the Standard’s success helped push the Bush administration in the direction of pursuing a kind of World War III against Islamic terrorism, it also influenced magazines such as National Review. Formerly redoubts of traditional conservatism, skeptical of nation-building and foes of big government, these publications muted—if not abandoned—much of the original faith, to the distress of conservative founding fathers like William F. Buckley, Jr., who depicted the Iraq War as a dangerous Wilsonian crusade.
Once again, why is the word conservative part of the word neo-conservative.
Kristol may simply become bored with journalism and take a post either at a think tank or inside the GOP itself.
Or he could spend the rest of his life repenting for the damage he’s done. Wouldn’t count on that. I’m sure his smirking face will still be seen in countless arenas pushing for the US military to fight new wars against the enemies of William Kristol.