Serious, respected conservative intellectuals

Andy Rosenthal, the Editorial Page Editor at the New York Times, defended the Times’ appointment of Bill Kristol by saying in December, “The idea that The New York Times is giving voice to a guy who is a serious, respected conservative intellectual — and somehow that’s a bad thing. How intolerant is that?”

Kristol’s main job, of course, is being the Editor of the Weekly Standard — a serious, respected conservative intellectual journal that publishes serious, respected conservative intellectual arguments like the following from a Michael Goldfarb blog post on Thursday:

As to whether Bush is a recruiting tool for terrorists–who cares? Al Qaeda was recruiting before Bush was in office and they will continue to do so after he’s gone. The important thing is that we keep killing those recruits. Eventually, one side will give up. And if Obama wins in November, we know which side that will be.

Of course, this isn’t as irrational or stupid as it sounds. In fact, it makes perfect sense when you consider that the Republican party’s electoral fortunes depend on perpetuating endless war and endless fear. If Al Qaeda’s recruiting were to subside dramatically, the main beneficiaries would be civilized people worldwide, and candidacies like John McCain’s would lose their raisons d’etre.


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