Just over a week after I lambasted Bill Kristol for his homicidal urges towards China (for which he still has not been banned from Twitter), we learn that the magazine he co-founded may be shutting down. Coincidence? You be the judge.
The Weekly Standard, whose paid circulation dropped by an estimated 10% between 2016 and 2017, has made itself rather redundant in recent years by driving away Trump-supporting readers, while failing to offer an alternative to the McCain-style neoconservatism that is far more effectively espoused by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Anyway, I take no joy in the prospect of people losing their jobs, and wish the staff of the magazine well in their future endeavors.
The prominent neoconservative has a fever, and the only cure is more regime change:
As if setting the entire Middle East on fire wasn’t enough, now Kristol proposes to overthrow the government of the world’s largest nation. The fact that people like Kristol have been running US foreign policy for the better part of two decades explains a lot.
Let’s just be clear about what Kristol is calling for here. Despite his later obfuscatory verbiage, he is calling for war. There is no realistic way to remove the Communist Party from power – especially not within the next couple of decades! – without a foreign invasion or civil war. Kristol is not stupid. Presumably, he understands that “regime change” by 2038 means large-scale, violent upheaval.
The Communist Party of China (CPC) has over 89 million members, more than the population of Germany, and is deeply entrenched in every aspect of Chinese society. It is not going to give up power willingly. There is no force or group of people that is remotely capable of dislodging the CPC from power, or of governing the country in its wake, now and for the foreseeable future.
It is appropriate that Kristol got “ratioed” for his bloodthirsty tweet, with a ratio of 3.4 thousand comments to 641 retweets. Now Twitter should apply its rules consistently and ban the influential pundit for promoting violence and inciting harm towards others.