September 12, 2006


Kurt Zumdieck

Rhetorical spasms is usually what a drunk's brain resorts to when challenged on the facts. Unfortunately, Hitchens will be viewed by history as a minor talent and an epic sellout.

Kit Stolz

It's too late for Hitchens to change tack. He should have opened his eyes to the chaos in Baghdad after the fall, or to Abu Ghraib, or to fact that the middle-class is fleeing Iraq, or to any number of unhappy facts on the ground in the Middle East. But he's not that nimble (unlike, for example, Andrew Sullivan). Saddam is all that seems to matter to him.

For those of us who used to enjoy his writing on other topics, it's a little sad that he's tied himself to the worth of regime change in Iraq, because that ship is going down, and with it, his reputation.

ae (arse poetica)

I so used to enjoy Hitch. And he's fascinating still, if only as a living, breathing example of the walking wounded. I keep thinking I'll learn something about how, how, how one flips the switch like this and turns into a war cheerleader. Was he literally frightened out of his wits on September 11? He's nimble enough rhetorically to spin himself into knots and take every side. I don't expect the rhetorical fireworks to go anytime soon. That he has in spades. It's the lack of humility that's everyone's loss.


Personally, I'm more tsk-tsky over the drunk jokes and the sweeping statements about how all of Kingdom Come will remember Christopher Hitchens. As if anyone could possibly know.

Hitch-bashing seems to have become quite the bloodsport these days. Wha?- did we Bleeding Hearts run out of Bush-dyslexia cracks? It only took us six years! Now onto the serious business of getting our conspiracy theories straight and our Human Rights agendas integrated and our media mouthpieces all on the same freaking page.

No offense, but this young bookworm will take any "drink-sodden, former Trotskyish popinjay" over a merely reflexive alternative.

(And if one more tweedy twat offers up Chomsky...)


Sorry, guys. Back to working on my jaded eye. :-)

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