Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong
Alterman is banging his head up against a rock-solid wall, trying to budge Hitchens off his support for the Iraq attack catstrophe. Hitchens was a Trotskyite for a generation or more, from the late sixties through the late eighties.
Think how thick your skin would have to be in order to maintain that position, nearly fifty years after the failure of the Soviet experiment was evident to all.
I supported the war in 2002-03, in some measure because I accepted Hitchens democracy-promoting arguments. (Although I never accepted the WMD or terrorist threat rationales.)
It took about two days of the war to convince me that democracy-promotion in a divided state was a fools errand. Admitted I was wrong on American Conservative.
Cant trust a guy who is incapable of admitting error.