Bill Kristol marked Bush's final day in office with a pointless column about what a pal Bush has been to Israel.
Bush is "one of the greatest friends the state of Israel — and, yes, the Jewish people — have had in quite a while. Bush stood with Israel when he had no political incentive to do so and received no political benefit from doing so. "
First of all, when is there not a political incentive and benefit to expressing unconditional support for Israel? And has Bush really been such a good friend? Aside from embracing the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Bush has not shown leadership at all, and he did nothing to curb the campaigns in Lebanon and Gaza. Being a true friend means saying "no" every now and then. A friend of Israel would push its leaders towards compromise, not lend support to their most aggressive and wrongheaded impulses.
Also in this column, Kristol lists Bush's most impressive achievement as "winning the war in Iraq." He's just going to keep saying that, isn't he? What a strange person.