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Wednesday, May 02, 2007
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: AMERICAN
He's been living in America for at least twenty-five years and finally became a naturalized citizen last month on his 51st birthday. I don't always agree with Christopher Hitchens -- religion being one issue -- but like most conservatives, I was elated when he excoriated the Clintons' values during the 90s. He quickly became the conservatives' favorite lefty. He understands the WOT and supports President Bush's efforts thwarting terrorists. So I am a little puzzled why he believes Mrs. Bill Clinton would make a good president: I'd vote for Giuliani because of the war. Mrs. Clinton has a good position on the war, too. If she were running against an anti-war Republican, which could happen, if it was Hillary vs. Chuck Hagel, let's say—he's not running, but let's suppose he was—well, then I'd vote for her. Because she's serious about the war—or at least she has to pretend to be. I'm a single-issue voter.
In this fascinating interview, he brings up an interesting point: Before I could vote, I wrote in a column that I was for the re-election of George Bush, Sr. That was the first time I ever wrote or said in public who I was for. If George Bush, Sr., had that second term, I think we would be living in a better world in lots of ways. One of which would have been, we never would have elected George Bush, Jr. People forget that. People who always vote Democratic don't realize that if they didn't want this George Bush they should have voted for the last. They think of it as zero-sum: You're either an elephant or a donkey. I hate the whole mentality. It produces boring parties and bad politicians. I've never been a supporter of either party in America. My line is that I dislike the Republicans, but I despise the Democrats.
And yet another:
Do you think we will win the War on Terror and defeat radical Islam?
No, no. None of these wars ever get won, but we're not going to lose the war against Islamic jihad, which is what it really is. I don't know how we will define our victory, but they will lose. It will do terrible damage, but where it succeeds is where it fails.
Read the entire interview.
88 This is choice: Hitch sets Ron Reagan, JR, straight.