Monday, April 10, 2006

St. Paul on Bill Kristol and his cohorts

Text in [brackets] and emphasis added by yours truly.

There is no one just, not one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have gone astray; all alike are worthless; there is not one who does good, (there is not) even one. Their throats are open graves; they deceive with their tongues; the venom of asps is on their lips; their mouths are full of bitter cursing. Their feet are quick to shed [Iraqi] blood; ruin and misery are in their ways, and the way of peace they know not. There is no fear of God before their eyes. Romans 3:10-18

Media Matters - Kristol attacked Fitzgerald's "politically motivated attempt to wound the Bush administration," but he defended Starr investigation
Summary: William Kristol attacked special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the 2003 leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity as "absurd" and a "politically motivated attempt to wound the Bush administration." He also asserted that Fitzgerald is "out to discredit the administration." However in 1998, Kristol attacked as "Nixonian" critics of independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who sought and obtained authorization to expand the scope of his original mandate to investigate the Whitewater deal, which yielded no charges of wrongdoing by Clinton, into an investigation of the Monica Lewinsky controversy.


KRISTOL: It strikes -- seems to me that Fitzgerald's case is crumbling. He's refusing to close, incidentally, his investigation of Karl Rove and other people. You can read his 39-page rebuttal to Libby. He focuses now on Cheney. He is now out to discredit the Bush administration. He has bought the argument that there was something improper about the Bush administration responding to Joe Wilson's charges. And that's the real meaning of what's happened in this last few days, which is very dangerous for the Bush administration. They now have a special prosecutor out to discredit -- not to convict Scooter Libby, but out to discredit the administration.


From the February 22, 1998, broadcast of ABC's This Week:

KRISTOL: There are not a whole lot of Democrats defending the president. But the other half of the White House strategy -- George [Stephanopoulos, ABC news analyst] mentioned half of it, which was stall and delay. The other half is search and destroy. They're going after Kenneth Starr and his team. Harry Thomasson, the Hollywood producer, who's an old friend of the president, has virtually moved into the White House in the last three weeks, is calling reporters in Washington, urging them to dig into Kenneth Starr's private life and sort of suggesting interesting things they might find. I have no knowledge they're going to find anything. I know Kenneth Starr slightly. I'd be pretty surprised.

SAM DONALDSON (co-host): You mean what movies he rented?

KRISTOL: No. I believe the Clinton White House is in the process of launching an attack on Starr, his prosecutors, other journalists of a sort that really is Nixonian. It really is Nixonian.

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