Quotes by Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol

American political analyst

Alive from: 1952-

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    All defense secretaries in wartime have, needless to say, made misjudgments.
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    Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single democratic primary. I'll predict that right now.
    Source: Fox News Sunday, December 17, 2006 [2]
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    Conservative policies have on the whole worked - insofar as any set of policies can be said to 'work' in the real world. Conservatives of the Reagan-Bush-Gingrich-Bush years have a fair amount to be proud of.
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    Conservatives shouldn't count on the Supreme Court to do our work for us on Obamacare. The Court may rule as it should, and strike down the mandate. But it may not. And even if it does, the future of health care in America - and for that matter, the future of limited government - depends ultimately on the verdict of the American people.
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    I think Rumsfeld was not a good Defense Secretary. I'm glad he's gone.
    Source: Referring to the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld in an interview with The Daily Shows Jon Stewart.
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    If Romney explains why where we are with Obama is unacceptable, why whither we are tending is even worse - and why his own alternative path forward is superior - then we trust the American people to make the right choice in November.
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    If terror groups are to be defeated, it is national governments that will have to do so. In nations like India, governments will have to call on the patriotism of citizens to fight the terrorists. In a nation like Pakistan, the government will have to be persuaded to deal with those in their midst who are complicit.
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    If the American people really come to a settled belief that Bush lied us into war, his presidency will be over.
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    If we free the people of Iraq, we will be respected in the Arab world... and I think we will be respected around the world.
    Source: February 20, 2003
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    In any case, decisions on troop levels in the American system of government are not made by any general or set of generals but by the civilian leadership of the war effort.
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    Lest conservatives be too proud, it's worth recalling that conservatism's rise was decisively enabled by liberalism's weakness.
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    Many of Bush's defenders have praised him for keeping the country safe since Sept. 11, 2001. He deserves that praise, and I'm perfectly happy to defend most of his surveillance, interrogation and counterterrorism policies against his critics.
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    Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism.
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    Shouldn't Democrats insist that Sen. Durbin step down as their whip, the number two man in their leadership?
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    Since Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, conservatives of various sorts, and conservatisms of various stripes, have generally been in the ascendancy. And a good thing, too! Conservatives have been right more often than not - and more often than liberals - about most of the important issues of the day.
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