A propagandist for our secret combinations uncovered: William Kristol

The great propagandist, William Kristol, neocon extraordinaire, is revealed rather embarrassingly in this beautiful article by Jonathan Schwarz.  In spite of his flagrant misrepresentation of Iraq war history (or just plain ignorance) and failure to recognize immoral actions by the USA, he continues to be a widely published columnist today.  Read this delicious article here:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174894

 An excerpt:

“ELLSBERG: People in Iraq… perceive Hussein as a dictator… But as a dictator the Americans chose for them.”KRISTOL: That’s just not true. We’ve had mistakes in our Iraq policy. It’s just ludicrous — we didn’t choose Hussein. We didn’t put him in power.

“ELLSBERG: In 1963, when there was a brief uprising of the Ba’ath, we supplied specifically Saddam with lists, as we did in Indonesia, lists of people to be eliminated. And since he’s a murderous thug, but at that time our murderous thug, he eliminated them…

“KRISTOL: [surprised] Is that right?…

“ELLSBERG: The same thing went on in ’68. He was our thug, just as [Panamanian dictator Manuel] Noriega, and lots of other people who were on the leash until they got off the leash and then we eliminated them. Like [Vietnamese president] Ngo Dinh Diem.”

Ellsberg here is referring to U.S. support for a 1963 coup involving the Ba’athist party, for which Saddam was already a prominent enforcer — and then another coup in 1968 when the Ba’athists consolidated control, after which Saddam became the power behind the nominal president. According to one of the 1963 plotters, “We came to power on a CIA train.” (Beyond providing lists of communists and leftists to be murdered, the U.S. also gave the new regime napalm to help them put down a Kurdish uprising we’d previously encouraged.) James Crichtfield, then head of the CIA in the Middle East, said, “We really had the t’s crossed on what was happening” This turned out not to be quite right, since factional infighting among top Iraqis required the second plot five years later for which, explained key participant Abd al-Razzaq al-Nayyif, “you must [also] look to Washington.”

Yet it appears clear on video that Kristol is genuinely startled by what Ellsberg was saying.

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1 Response to “A propagandist for our secret combinations uncovered: William Kristol”


  1. 1 Non-Arab Arab February 19, 2008 at 1:49 am

    I wouldn’t assume Kristol really is surprised. He’s evil, but he’s not stupid. These people know how to lie with a straight face or even a reverse-face. Kristol is among the best, he knows how to put on a voice and a look that make him appear oh-so-reasonable despite the sheer lunacy of what he promotes.


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