USA: Bill Kristol, the neocon ‘Nostradamus’ of the wrong predictions


William Kristol playing card, cartoonFrom Crooks and Liars blog in the USA:

Bill Kristol: The Anti-Nostradamus

By: SilentPatriot on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 at 5:10 AM

When you hear level-headed people say that General Kristol and the Neocons have been wrong about literally everything for the past five years, they’re not kidding.

Anonymous Liberal — guest-posting for Glenn at Unclaimed Territory — gives us a small sample of the predictions made by TIME Magazine’s new “star” columnist:

On March 17, 2003, on the eve of our invasion of Iraq, Bill Kristol wrote the following:

We are tempted to comment, in these last days before the war, on the U.N., and the French, and the Democrats.

But the war itself will clarify who was right and who was wrong about weapons of mass destruction.

It will reveal the aspirations of the people of Iraq, and expose the truth about Saddam’s regime.

History and reality are about to weigh in, and we are inclined simply to let them render their verdicts.

Now, you would think that being so incredibly wrong about such an important subject might hurt your career prospects, and that would probably be true in any other field.

But in the world of Washington punditry, being consistently and catastrophically wrong about everything is apparently not an obstacle to advancement.

Read more here.

Meanwhile, Kristol‘s colleague as conservative and ‘Nostradamus’, Pat Robertson, is again making all sorts of predictions for 2007, claiming to have a hotline with God Himself.

Robertson’s islamophobia: here.

On Robertson, from the Google cache, 8/24/05:

Robertson is calling for murder of a head of state [Hugo Chavez of Venezuela] with diplomatic ties to the United States (a popularly elected head of state, contrary to Robertson’s buddy George W. Bush).

What are police waiting for? And/or what are psychiatric ambulance crews waiting for?

And how about Robertson’s “Reverend” colleagues Jimmy Swaggart and Fred Phelps, calling for murdering gay people in the Unites States?

US neoconservative Iraq war propagandist Jonah Goldberg admits in 2007 that ‘the French were right on the Iraq war‘.

Neocons of ‘Freedom House’: here.

Anti-neoconservative action in Poland: here.

US opponents of Iraq war before it started proved right: here.

Pat Robertson’s group sues to stop mosque near ground zero: here.

Rightist attack on Gombrich’s A Little History of the World: here.

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15 thoughts on “USA: Bill Kristol, the neocon ‘Nostradamus’ of the wrong predictions

  1. Feb 9, 11:03 PM EST

    Man Claims Pat Robertson Threatened Him
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    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Texas bodybuilder suing Pat Robertson contends the religious broadcaster walked into federal court for a legal proceeding and told him: “I am going to kill you and your family.”

    According to a complaint Phillip Busch filed with the Norfolk police, Robertson made the threat when he entered a room in the courthouse Wednesday to be questioned for a deposition.

    “There was no such threat,” said Robertson’s attorney, Glen Huff.

    Busch is suing Robertson for what he says is misappropriation of his image to promote Robertson’s protein diet shake.

    Robertson has been touting his “age-defying” weight-loss shake for five years on his Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting Network talk show “The 700 Club,” offering the recipe free to any viewer who requested it.

    Busch contacted the show in 2005, saying he had slimmed down from 400 to 200 pounds by drinking the shake. CBN showed his before-and-after photos 20 times in a promotional spot and flew Busch to Virginia Beach for a live TV interview with Robertson.

    Busch says he didn’t know when he contacted CBN that Robertson recently had licensed his shake for commercial distribution by a nationwide health-food chain. He sued Robertson in September 2005, alleging that the broadcaster used his image for a commercial purpose without compensating him.

    The case is set for trial in April. Robertson’s spokesmen have accused Busch of extortion, and Busch has posted disparaging comments about Robertson on his personal Web site.

    Busch has dismissed his attorneys and is litigating the case himself.

    This is not the first time Robertson has been accused of threatening an adversary.

    After the failure of an earlier Robertson commercial venture featuring Bible study courses and discount coupon books, the broadcaster fired Mark Peterson, the venture’s top executive.

    The two feuded publicly, blaming each other for the failure. Peterson sued Robertson in 1995, alleging that Robertson made a veiled death threat in a telephone conversation with Peterson’s sister.

    Robertson said he did not make a threat. Peterson dropped the lawsuit in 1997, saying he had forgiven Robertson.

    Information from: The Virginian-Pilot

    © 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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