In those wonderful flashbacks where Little Billy Kristol seems to live, "all" President Obama has to do is explain to the American public why we need to move troops back in to Iraq, and the masses will rise up, throwing roses and chanting hosannas. He wants this war to start up again so bad, he's actually drooling! But the voters just aren't buying it anymore, Billy. You see, people like us worry about the actual consequences because we don't live in the Beltway Bubble:
Neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol continued to beat the war drum on Tuesday, insisting that — despite evidence of nationwide war-weariness — Americans could get behind yet another military intervention in Iraq.
Kristol made his case on "Morning Joe," calling on President Obama to deploy air and ground forces to stabilize the tumultuous situation in Iraq. Bloomberg's John Heilemann, who was also on the show's panel, told Kristol that "there is no, zero, none, less than zero appetite for the kind of thing you're talking about."
“How would you get over the fact that the country en masse, Democrat and Republican, would tell you you’re nuts to think that we should be sending residual forces back into Iraq to get back involved in this war?” Heilemann asked.
Kristol assured Heilemann that Obama could use the bully pulpit to mobilize the country.
"If [Obama] goes on TV and says, ‘This is a strategic crisis for the reasons I’m going to lay out here. We have to do something no one wants to do, which is to go back in with a lot of air power and special forces and maybe a few conventional troops to help stabilize the situation. We cannot allow an al Qaeda-backed group to dominate one part of the Middle East and Iran and Iranian-backed groups to dominate another part of the Middle East. It’s an unacceptable threat to us.’ He would have support,” Kristol said.
Only in your dreams, Bill. Here's the lesson we've learned: When it comes to war, we don't trust anyone anymore. Yes, Obama may decide to get involved -- but he won't have popular support. No way, no how.