William Kristol

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William (Bill) Kristol is the neo-conservative editor and publisher of the political magazine The Weekly Standard. He is the chairman and co-founder of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).[1] He is a board member of the Emergency Committee for Israel. [2]

Kristol is the son of Irving Kristol, who is "often called the 'godfather' of the neoconservative movement"[3], and Gertrude Himmelfarb[4].[5]

David Corn calls Kristol "the No. 1 cheerleader for the Iraq war."[6]

Kristol was one of the signatories to the January 26, 1998, PNAC letter[7] sent to President Bill Clinton urging him "to seize that opportunity" in his upcoming State of the Union "to enunciate a new strategy that would secure the interests of the U.S. and our friends and allies around the world. That strategy should aim, above all, at the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime from power."

He was "one of the architects of the blueprint for regime change found in the [September 2000] document[8] 'Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century'"[9]

Kristol also signed the September 20, 2001, PNAC letter[10] endorsing President George W. Bush's "admirable commitment to 'lead the world to victory' in the war against terrorism."

Kristol said in a January 14, 2003, PBS Frontline interview "that the significance of President George W. Bush's State of the Union address in 2002 (the 'axis of evil' speech) is too easily forgotten -- that it was a rare moment, 'the creation of a new American foreign policy' -- and that Bush deserves credit for realizing very quickly after Sept. 11 that his presidency would be judged by how he handled the post-9/11 threat of weapons of mass destruction."[11]

Kristol is co-author with Lawrence F. Kaplan of The War Over Iraq: Saddam’s Tyranny and America’s Mission.


Kristol was the former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle (1989-1993) and to Secretary of Education William Bennett during the Ronald Reagan administration. Kristol formerly led the Project for the Republican Future. He is on the board of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and his name is associated with the Middle East Forum.

In November 2002, Kristol, as Chairman of the Bioethics Project of the New Citizenship Project, attended the Third Annual Siebel Scholars Conference which addressed stem cell research at Stanford University/Stanford Engineering at Palo Alto, CA.[12]

Kristol is a "political contributor for the FOX News Channel (FNC) and serves as a regular contributor to Special Report with Brit Hume.[13]

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  1. Bio: William Kristol, Project for the New American Century.
  2. Board, Emergency Committee for Israel, accessed July 17, 2010.
  3. Profile: Irving Kristol, Media Transparency.
  4. Profile: Gertrude Himmelfarb, Media Transparency.
  5. Profile: William Kristol, Media Transparency.
  6. David Corn, "Why Bush Is A Loser," Washington Post, July 18, 2007.
  7. Letter to President William Jefferson Clinton from PNAC, January 26, 1998.
  8. "Rebuliding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century," Project for the New American Century, September 2000.
  9. "William Kristol," NPR, April 1, 2003.
  10. Letter to President George W. Bush from PNAC, September 20, 2001.
  11. Interview: William Kristol, PBS Frontline, January 14, 2003.
  12. Note: this Sanford University general news link is no longer active.
  13. Bio: William Kristol, Fox News.

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