Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hitchens Assessment of Iraq

Christopher Hitchens has said everything I could have hoped to say about Iraq in his essay, "A War to Be Proud Of", posted in the Weekly Standard

LET ME BEGIN WITH A simple sentence that, even as I write it, appears less than Swiftian in the modesty of its proposal: "Prison conditions at Abu Ghraib have improved markedly and dramatically since the arrival of Coalition troops in Baghdad."

Hitchens has taken a lot of heat lately about his characterization of Cindy Sheehan. I found his assessment to be rather measured, logical and tolerant. Hitchens himself, a semi-reformed leftist, has been characterized in much less measured and compassionate terms by disappointed leftists and suspicious conservatives.

Frank Warner also has some discussion on the Hitchens piece. Frank's take is that, "Those who oppose freeing Iraq favor war without end."

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