Failing up

Weekly Standard editor and Iraq war advocate Bill Kristol gets a gig at Time.

Published December 18, 2006 9:21PM (EST)

Ah, Bill Kristol: Editor, propagandist, chairman of the infamous neocon outfit Project for a New American Century, relentless advocate of war on just about everyone in the Middle East, the man who once said, "On this issue of the Shia in Iraq, I think there's been a certain amount of, frankly, a kind of pop sociology in America that, you know, somehow the Shia can't get along with the Sunni and the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There's almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq's always been very secular."

On the subject of pretty much everything Iraq, including the war that he had pushed for a decade, Kristol has been wrong, again and again. So what was the consequence for his relentless wrongness? How about a job as a part-time columnist for Time magazine?

You can't make this stuff up.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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