Christopher Hitchens is, without a doubt, one of my favourite 'intellectuals', as it were. He is witty, articulate, likeable, and I admire his courage and resolution in standing by his criticisms of Bill Clinton, among others, and his constant voice of dissent in the mist of what has often been a sickeningly naive consensus. His is very well read and educated, and his knowledge is something that should be respected.
However, I think its is extremely disappointing, and even shameful, that he should have supported something like the Iraq War. Someone who formerly was a prominent critics and check on government power has completely failed in analysing or critiquing the actions of the disgusting neo-cons, who lied completely about the Iraq war, who went against both the wish of the Iraqi people and the American people , who haven't even apologised for it yet, who clearly don't give a flying damn about the several hundred thousand dead iraqis, and the thousands of dead American (and British soldiers), and who so blatantly went in for, and I know it's almost become a cliche, but I am sure it is true, Oil. Although I understand that Hitchens is not a supporter of the neo-cons, and supports it for some different reasons than they do, how he can call destruction of public services, hundreds of thousands of deaths, increased likelihood of terrorism, and civil war, 'liberation' is beyond me. Hitchens obsession with toppling 'theocratic dictators' has clouded his judgement and logic. He's going to have to do better than this.