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Huckabee is Kristol’s man

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 8, 2008 | 10:53 am

New New York Times columnist Bill Kristol—liberals didn’t exactly role out the welcome mat—used his first paid column to pom-pom Mike Huckabee. This surprised me because, aside from the clear religious and social differences between the two, Huckabee seems to be among the least globally aware of the Republican presidential candidates, and I always thought foreign policy was what neocons prided themselves on.

Then again, with statements like this, maybe Kristol and Huckabee have the same knowledge of what’s going on in the Middle East.

Some of us would much prefer a non-liberal and non-Democratic administration. We don’t want to increase the scope of the nanny state, we don’t want to undo the good done by the appointments of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, and we really don’t want to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory in Iraq.

Who knew we were winning the war in Iraq? At this point, is it accurate to even call the situation over there a “war?” Or is it better to refer to it as a colossal screw-up in reconstruction (though, yes, some progress has been measurable)?

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