What Bill Kristol has learned…
Is that after years of unmitigated failure, pushing the same policies are still lucrative — and completely without risk — to Bill Kristol:
An Israeli success in Gaza would be a victory in the war on terror — and in the broader struggle for the future of the Middle East. Hamas is only one manifestation of the rise, over the past few decades, of a terror-friendly and almost death-cult-like form of Islamic extremism. The combination of such terror movements with a terror-sponsoring and nuclear-weapons-seeking Iranian state (aided by its sidekick Syria) has produced a new kind of threat to Israel.
But not just to Israel. To everyone in the Middle East — very much including Muslims — who aren’t interested in living under the sway of extremist regimes. And to any nation, like the United States, that is a target of Islamic terror. So there are sound reasons why the United States — whether led by George W. Bush or Barack Obama — will stand with Israel as it fights.
Once again the calculus is this:
— Random indiscriminate car bomb or ill-aimed mortar — the most awful tragedy ever (from Gaza, rocket attacks killed 15 people over 8 years).
— Carpet bombing killing hundreds — AWESOME!
There’s never a question of proportionality as long as a Muslim is on the receiving end of Bill Kristol’s notion of justice.