Leading Neo-conservative media figure Bill Kristol recently gloated about how he and others have effectively purged from the Republican Party the Buchananites, Paulians and anyone else who isn’t for endless war on behalf of the State of Israel in the Middle East. Philip Weiss has a lengthy article describing the hubris of Kristol and the Neo-cons’ control of the GOP Establishment, especially when it comes to foreign policy and war-making decisions. Kristol is quoted in the article as saying:
I’ve encouraged that they be expelled or not welcomed into the Republican Party. I’d be happy if Ron Paul left and ran as a third party candidate. I was very happy when Pat Buchanan was allowed– really encouraged I would say by George Bush and others [unintelligible name, possibly Tony Martin] in 1998 or 1999 to go off and run as a third party candidate. And he simply left the Republican Party. I’m happier to have a Republican Party without Pat Buchanan than with Pat Buchanan.