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Neoconservative Kristol wishes Democrats would 'be quiet' about Iraq for six or nine months

David Edwards
Published: Sunday January 21, 2007
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A leading neoconservative pundit wishes that Democrats would "be quiet" about Iraq for at least six or nine months so that President Bush's "surge" plan can have a "chance to work."

Sunday morning on Fox News, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol said that Democratic congress members are "so irresponsible that they canít be quiet for six or nine months and say the president has made a decision, weíre not going to change that decision, weíre not going to cut off funds and insist on the troops coming back, so letís give it a chance to work."

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Excerpts from transcript:

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KRISTOL: Theyíre playing ó theyíre leap-frogging each other in the degrees of irresponsibility theyíre willing to advocate. And I really think people are being too sort of complacent and forgiving almost of the Democrats. ĎOh, itís politics, of course. One of them has a non-binding resolution. The other has a cap.í Itís all totally irresponsible. Itís just unbelievable. The president is sending over a new commander, heís sending over troops, and the Democratic Congress, in a pseudo-binding way or non-binding way, is saying, ĎIt wonít work. Forget it. You troops, youíre going over there in a pointless mission. Iraqis who might side with us, forget it, weíre going to pull the plug.í Itís so irresponsible that they canít be quiet for six or nine months and say the president has made a decision, weíre not going to change that decision, weíre not going to cut off funds and insist on the troops coming back, so letís give it a chance to work. You really wonder, do they want it to work or not? I really wonder that. I hate to say this about the Democrats. Theyíre people I know personally and I respect some of them. Do they want it to succeed or not?

WILLIAMS: I think everybody wants it to succeed who believes in the idea that we are over there and our people are at stake. I donít think thereís any question. I think thatís sort of a rhetorical tool on your part. But your analysis seems to be totally ahistorical. Itís as if mistakes havenít been made repeatedly, as if people donít feel like theyíve been misled down this path, that thereís been tremendous support for this president and war effort and itís come to naught. Itís come to a bad place. Yesterday was the deadliest, I think, in two years. Nineteen Americans killed. Thereís something going on here you might pay attention to as opposed to just the politics of, if you donít support this president, you donít really want us to win.

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