"They are pre-9/11 Republicans," wrote William Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, about Sens. Richard Lugar, George Voinovich, Pete Dominici, and John Warner, the four most-senior Republicans who have called for a change of course in Iraq over the past week.Kristol has been head cheerleader for war in Iraq since the end of the first Gulf war. The fact that neither he, nor the bulk of the neo-conservatives in this country, have the intellect nor integrity to admit that they made a humongous mistake in calling for war with Iraq does not speak well for the annointed intelligensia of the United States.
"They have been followers of conventional opinion (during their 20-plus-year Senate careers), not leaders," he went on. "Now they are following conventional wisdom again, in their stately way, in turning against the Iraq war."
Kristol is no intellectual. Intellectuals can learn from their mistakes. Only knotheads refuse to admit that they make them.