"There's been a certain amount of pop sociology in America ... that 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." (April 4, 2003)
"Just four weeks after the Iraqi election of January 30, 2005, it seems increasingly likely that that date will turn out to have been a genuine turning point. The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, ended an era. September 11, 2001, ended an interregnum. In the new era in which we now live, 1/30/05 could be a key moment--perhaps the key moment so far--in vindicating the Bush Doctrine as the right response to 9/11. And now there is the prospect of further and accelerating progress." (March 7, 2005)
"Last week the Bush Administration's second-term bear market bottomed out." (November 7, 2005)
"All this made me think the 2006 elections could result in a Speaker Pelosi. I now think that unlikely." (November 30, 2005)
Etc.With that in mind, note well what Kristol told Hugh Hewitt today:
"I think the health care bill, which is another sign of being out of touch, and trying to impose a massive ideological agenda on the American public, I think it will fail in the Senate in the next month."
For the first time in a while, I'm optimistic.