What's right w/America? Hitchens Is
- Hitchens vs. The Campus Left
by Genesio Zenone
FrontPageMagazine.com | February 4, 2003
Journalist and author, Christopher Hitchens
was invited to Berkeley to give a talk at the
Mario Savio lecture series. Hitchens is a
pleasure to watch because he is consistently
witty, provocative, and intelligent.
His erudition and logical prowess make up a
rhetorical arsenal that few can match. Arguing
with him can be like stubbing your toe on the
entire western canon.
Lately, there has been another reason
to watch him.
He is almost always visited upon by radical
lefties that show up for the express purpose
of antagonizing in the only manner their
wherewithal will allow.
They are confrontational, inarticulate, and
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Many among the left cannot see that a wholly
new situation has risen.
They insist on translating this fresh, challenging
information back into the familiar language they
already know, of empire, and oil.
What is noticed more than anything else is
the overwhelming monolithic and predictable
character of their position; everyone strikes
the same subversive pose.
Nowhere in this group can be found the
philosophical calm, the objectivity
and the intellectual self-monitoring that one
would expect from a well-educated elite.
And the sycophantic followers are worse!
Their ideological miasma is a confused,
haphazard, bitches-brew of platitudes, clichés
and nonsense spewing in all directions.
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> What's right with America ?
> Well, fortunately, one answer to that
> question is "Christopher Hitchens."
> Christopher Hitchens that formerly
> fecklessly foolish leftist is increasingly
> "right" in regard to America.
> Especially regard his remarks on our
> former "boy president."
> From today's WASHINGTON com-POST:
> In the new issue of Doublethink, a
> Washington-based right-wing quarterly,
> Hitchens reveals that if the election were
> today he'd support President Bush -- never
> mind his recent Vanity Fair puff piece about
> Democratic hopeful John Edwards.
> "I don't believe in [Edwards]," Hitchens tells
> Doublethink interviewer Tom Ivancie.
> "I mean, I told him I wouldn't vote for
> him. . . . Because I'd vote for Bush.
> The important thing is this: Is a candidate
> completely serious about prosecuting
> the war on theocratic terrorism to the
> fullest extent? Only Bush is."
> Hitchens also scoffs at the Everyman
> pitch of the millionaire trial lawyer
> turned North Carolina senator:
> "Oh, that's all [bleep]. . . . Spare us
> the false populism."
> Meanwhile, Hitchens suggests that
> old nemesis Bill Clinton was a CIA
> plant at Oxford, where both were
> students in the late 1960s. "I think
> he was a double," Hitchens says.
> "Somebody was giving information
> to [the CIA] about the anti-war draft
> resisters, and I think it was probably him.
> We had a girlfriend in common -- I didn't
> know then -- who's since become a
> very famous radical lesbian."