HOST: You are on the air.
CALLER: Yes, thank you. I do listen to the discussion. I’m a military wife. My husband on the third tour to Iraq. I just want to if I could look Mr. Kristol and people like him from the American Enterprise Institute and the people pushing the war, I’m sure when your head hits the pillow, you know, you have a luxury of dreaming about, you know, anything that your mind will allow you to dream about. I’m waiting — i sleep with the phone under the pillow.
My kids — if someone rings the doorbell, instead of normal kids they freeze. And they’re in elementary school. You all don’t understand. We are military people but we are people, too. And the stress that we are under is tremendous. So I make a proposal before I have to leave the air. If this war is as important as you on the right and the hawks say it is, and if it is truly essential to our vital interest to do this, then institute the draft so we can have a break.
We are at the breaking point. I just had to counsel a friend last night who has had a solid marriage for 14 years because their marriage is falling apart because they’re military and haven’t lived under the same roof together in five years. We’re people. We can’t keep up the stress level. Our children can’t keep up the stress level.
The spouses left behind can’t keep up the stress level and all you all keep saying, you just called my husband and all the troops a liar saying it is mostly the insurgents attacking us. Because when I do get the luxury of speaking to my husband, what I’m hearing is Iraqis let us through the gates, the security forces let us through and 30 minutes after we pass through, they’re laying down IEDs to blow us up if we come back through. They don’t want us there. I understand you truly believe what you’re saying but it’s not working.
We can’t want it for them more than they want it for themselves. Please bring my husband home, the brave troops. We are tired. We’re really tired.
KRISTOL: Well, look. the army some of us that argue — first of all, I respect the service of those who’ve been over there. I just had dinner last night with close friends whose son just came back from Iraq and it is tough duty and now we’re on second and third tours. some of us argued for a long time before 9/11 and very much after 9/11 that the army and marines were too small for the world we are living in. the foreign policy obligations we are likely to have to impose for the all-volunteer military and finally we are increasing the size of the army and the marines and paying a price for that in terms of longer tours and people going back a second and third times and the strains on family life are obviously very real and obviously it’s a tough job over there. so i hope we do more to deal with that.
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the united states is a democracy, not a military dictatorship. period.
the war cheerleaders, therefore, and the administration’s apologists, are all free to move to one, and enjoy.
genuine patriotism will remain the exclusive province of those who abide by the Constitution, and obey the rule of law and will of the people.
advocates of military dictatorship rather than the rule of Democracy are genuine traitors, and are actually guilty of real treason, and are fortunate our laws are liberal enough that they are not rounded up and detained, as anyone who interferes with the Constitutional operation of our Democracy should be.
Comment by tom baker — April 26, 2007 @ 6:45 pm
Pfffttt….way to show that compassionate conservatism there Billy Boy.
Comment by Spudd — April 26, 2007 @ 6:48 pm
would someone please punch that idiot? He couldn’t possibly understand. He doesn’t want to understand.
Comment by Anne — April 26, 2007 @ 6:51 pm
Warmongering chickenhawk. Would wet his pants in an uncomfortable situation, much less life or death. Arrogantly dismissing a woman who is suffering because of his short-sighted policies and stupid recommendations to the boy-king.
Comment by Marie — April 26, 2007 @ 6:51 pm
Bring our soldiers home.
Comment by rfinca — April 26, 2007 @ 6:51 pm
Democratic debate beginning on msnbc now.
Comment by Marie — April 26, 2007 @ 6:52 pm
What an a$$hat. Didn’t even look up at the beginning of the phone call. Until he realized his reaction would probably be scrutinized did he take the time to act like he was even listening. The caller hit the nail on the head. “I’m sure when your head hits the pillow, you know, you have a luxury of dreaming about, you know, anything that your mind will allow you to dream about. ”
And he replys “I just had dinner last night with close friends whose son just came back from Iraq”
Yeah, I bet when he has dinner with friends he doesn’t spend less than $100 per person. These people really just don’t have any concept of what a hard time really is. Period. None at all. And the illusion is that they care. They don’t. He doesn’t.
Comment by Bluedahlia — April 26, 2007 @ 6:53 pm
I hate that little weasel.
Comment by powkat — April 26, 2007 @ 6:56 pm
I watched that live today and hes STILL TO THIS DAY saying that al queda had ties in Iraq.
and some stupid rekneck called in to agree with him. How in the world is this man able to walk the streets or even live with himself.
Comment by old hack — April 26, 2007 @ 6:57 pm
Thank’s for the head’s up Marie…Blessings
Comment by Sharon — April 26, 2007 @ 6:59 pm
Kristol dreams…he dreams of a puppet America that does Israel’s bidding…… wait.. that’s an old dream that’s come true
Comment by null — April 26, 2007 @ 7:01 pm
“But my pet project for this century requires dead soldiers!”
Comment by Yikes — April 26, 2007 @ 7:04 pm
I cannot stand William Kristol. This piece of s**t has never served. His daddy didn’t serve. And his kids at least 2 of whom are eligible won’t serve. This piece of s**t will even write columns about lowering taxes because he has no qualms about not paying for his crappy war. This pos couldn’t care less if there was a Kristol War Vet crawling across the street on his knees with torn clothes on because that would “their own fault.” I would be willing to bet that William Kristol only donates money to conservative causes. I am willing to bet he hasn’t donated a dime to the Fallen Heroes fund because he couldn’t care less that all those Fallen Heroes died for his crappy war. William Fuzzy KKkrystal ball has no balls and can go eat s**t.
Comment by ann dover — April 26, 2007 @ 7:08 pm
That woman was very brave.
Hopefully more military family members will speak up.
Comment by trueblue — April 26, 2007 @ 7:10 pm
Yup, the people on this thread get it. And the American people get it…more and more. Kristol is a modern American traitor.
Comment by s — April 26, 2007 @ 7:12 pm
umm not only did his father not serve but he was a billionaire advocating communism!
Comment by old hack — April 26, 2007 @ 7:13 pm
Withdrawl dates are moot. “The troops will be coming home soon. There simply are too few to sustain the surge for very much longer. ” Robert H. Scales, Maj.Gen. (Ret.) See Sic Semper Tyrannis