Good Luck, Hitch!

Well, you may have heard the bad news by now…Christopher Hitchens, a writer of considerable courage and integrity, as well as rarely surpassed erudition and elegance, has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  Hitchens is the sort of writer who has offended almost everyone at some point, but he has consistently, in his days of association [...]

Ahhh…The Warm Afterglow…Stop It Now, Please, It’s Making Me Sick!…

Christopher Hitchens proudly wears the label ‘contrarian’, meaning that he grows quite uncomfortable when the crowd is all leaning towards one side of the ship…and the afterglow of Obama’s victory, though he supported the candidate, is making him a bit quesy: [I]f you think our own press and media are too uncritically adoring, just spend [...]

Okay, Okay, I Got Busy

I meant to blog on Bernanke’s comments today, and I’m long overdue in touching base on Iraq – but I’m out of time, so I’ll be lazy and just throw up a related post to yesterday’s.  Here’s Hitchens the Great on the Barack New Yorker cover: Satire, according to Jonathan Swift, is “a mirror wherein [...]

The Courage Of His Convictions

I’ve never made any bones about my admiration for Christopher Hitchens, an admiration that many of you have made it quite clear you don’t share.  Nevertheless, I think you will find this interesting (some of you, perhaps, for the wrong reasons!): Hitchens has subjected himself to waterboarding, and published a piece on it in the [...]

I’ll Mark You Down As Unimpressed

The great Hitchens delivers another one of those patented rejoinders, this time to the Obama speech on Wright and race: It’s been more than a month since I began warning Sen. Barack Obama that he would become answerable for his revolting choice of a family priest. But never mind that; the astonishing thing is that [...]

William F. Buckley, Jr.: A True Intellectual Giant

The big news of the day, of course, is the passing of one of the true fathers of modern American conservatism.  If you want coverage, you’ll find it in all the major outlets, and of course, the National Review website is chock-full of related articles.  I purchased my first Buckley book in high school, so [...]

Hitchens Greets The Rising Tide In Iraq With Welcoming Skepticism

Perhaps still stinging from his fervent declarations in the war’s beginning that it was only a matter of time until the WMDs were found, Christopher Hitchens now plays the skeptic to news of a turning point in Iraq – although certainly a hopeful skeptic, at that: A few weeks ago, in Britain’s Prospect magazine, the [...]

It Never Ceases To Amaze Me…

…that there are those on the left who think Christopher Hitchens is some sort of Bush Administration apologist simply because he supported the Iraq War (like most of the Democrats in Congress, and not a few Democratic presidential candidates, lest we forget). Let that supposition be forever laid to rest: How do I dislike President [...]

And You Thought I Could Resist This?

Okay, it’s Hitchens, first of all, and the subject is the absurdity of the Scooter Libby affair, in the second place, so the odds that I wouldn’t blog it are Slim and None – and Slim just left town: If Scooter Libby goes to jail, it will be because he made a telephone call to [...]

He’s Not A Fan

It’s fair to say Christopher Hitchens is a wee bit disappointed in the big George Tenet tell-all: …[T]he only really interesting question is why the president did not fire this vain and useless person on the very first day of the war. Instead, he awarded him a Presidential Medal of Freedom! Tenet is now so [...]

Answering The Hard Questions

Christopher Hitchens, long known by both the right and the left as one of the strongest intellectual advocates of the Iraq War, looks back after four years and tries to answer his – and the war’s – critics.  A highlight: Should it not have been known by Western intelligence that Iraq had no stockpiles of [...]

Hitchens Chimes In

Our good friend Christopher is not saying anything we haven’t already been saying in these parts, but of course he says it with a good deal more style: The critical thing about the much-bruited surge is that it, too, belongs in the all-important realm of the symbolic. A few thousand extra troops in Baghdad and [...]

Hitchens On The Hanging

I expected Christopher Hitchens to, if not rejoice, then at least to express satisfaction at the end of Saddam Hussein.  In that, I was quite foolish, as I should have recalled Hitchens’ firm stance against the death penalty.  I most assuredly did not expect him to be this appalled: The disgusting video of Saddam Hussein’s [...]

Hitchens On Coulter

Ouch! Try sipping this single sentence and then rolling it around your tongue and palate for a while: If Hitler hadn’t turned against their beloved Stalin, liberals would have stuck by him, too. Well, I am being paid to parse and ponder that statement and I don’t understand it, either. Does it intend to say [...]

Obituaries Reversed?

Robert Fisk, sadly but predictably, uses the occasion of Saddam’s death to blast Western democracies: Our masters will tell us in a few hours that it is a “great day” for Iraqis and will hope that the Muslim world will forget that his death sentence was signed – by the Iraqi “government”, but on behalf [...]

Hitchens Visits Iraq…

…(and not for the first time, of course) and reports on the frustrating combination of progress and regression: The distance between hope and despair, meanwhile, is measurable in vertiginous minutes. I flew to Baghdad from the northern city of Erbil, by the ordinary means of buying a local Iraqi Airlines ticket, boarding a plane that [...]

The Great One

Christopher Hitchens is so prolific that not all of his work can rank as highly as that of a writer more prone to distance between his pieces, but when he’s on, he’s as good as it gets, and his most recent column at Slate is a keeper: The fate of those who criticize the Syrian [...]

Terrible News From Lebanon

The most well-known Christian (and anti-Syrian) politician has been assassinated: Prominent anti-Syrian Christian politician Pierre Gemayel was assassinated in a suburb of Beirut on Tuesday, his Phalange Party radio station and Lebanon’s official news agency reported. His fatal shooting will certainly heighten the political tension in Lebanon, where the leading Muslim Shiite party Hezbollah has threatened [...]

Hitchens On O.J.

Actually, he considers that (‘O.J.’) as being far too familiar, as we shall see shortly; nevertheless, if you think I’ll be able to resist when one of my favorite writers takes on one of the world’s most repellent slugs, you’re crackin’, to paraphrase Dean Martin (why do I feel like Dennis Miller all of a [...]

Hitchens On Kerry

Could I resist blogging about a Christopher Hitchens piece in the Wall Street Journal focusing on John Kerry’s latest humiliation? No, I most certainly could not: Regrettable though it might be for the United States military to become an untouchable “third rail” in American politics, there can be little sympathy for someone who keeps on [...]