New York Times To Hire Bill Kristol As Weekly Columnist

kristol223411.jpgThe Huffington Post reports that neoconservative columnist and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol will be joining the New York Times as a columnist:

[I]n a move bound to create controversy, the New York Times is set to announce that Bill Kristol will become a weekly columnist in 2008.

Kristol, a prominent neo-conservative who recently departed Time magazine in what was reported as a “mutual” decision, has close ties to the White House and is a well-known proponent of the war in Iraq. Kristol also is a regular contributor to Fox News’ Special Report with Brit Hume.

Kristol’s lies, distortions, and hawkish proposals are notorious. A sampling of the views that New York Times readers may now be reading on a weekly basis:

— Iran halting its nuclear weapons program is “another feather in the cap for Iraq invasion.”

— The U.S. should “put everything” behind Iraq escalation so we can bomb Iran and Syria.

— Markos Moulitsas is the “left-wing blogger who was not respectable three or four years ago.”

— “Sober, serious” people want over 100,000 troops in Iraq when Bush leaves office.

— Let’s “stretch our Army and Marines” for “another year or so” in Iraq.

— A presidential pardon for Scooter Libby would remove the “cloud hanging over his White House and over the war.”

— College men are “very happy” that Plan B will now be sold over-the-counter because they can have “a wild night” and “the burden is off them.”

— On SCHIP veto: “I’m happy that the President’s willing to do something bad for the kids. ”

— Al Gore “got the Nobel Peace Prize for bloviating about global warming.”

No word on whether the Times will follow Newsweek and “balance” Kristol with a progressive columnist.