Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Hitchens compares the Feith and McClellan books 
...and of course, has a few things to say about the pathetic coverage afforded to the former by our high-status libtard media centers, compared to McClellan's book.

If you want to read a serious book about the origins and consequences of the intervention in Iraq in 2003, you owe it to yourself to get hold of a copy of Douglas Feith's War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism. As undersecretary of defense for policy, Feith was one of those most intimately involved in the argument about whether to and, if so, how to put an end to the regime of Saddam Hussein. His book contains notes made in real time at the National Security Council, a trove of declassified documentation, and a thoroughly well-organized catalog of sources and papers and memos. Feith has also done us the service of establishing a Web site where you can go and follow up all his sources and check them for yourself against his analysis and explanation. There is more of value in any chapter of this archive than in any of the ramblings of McClellan. As I write this on the first day of June, about a book that was published in the first week of April, the books pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe have not seen fit to give Feith a review. An article on his book, written by the excellent James Risen for the news pages of the New York Times, has not run. This all might seem less questionable if it were not for the still-ballooning acreage awarded to Scott McClellan.

That oxygen thief, McClellan, is a walking argument against political appointments and patronage.

Rather than being a thoughtful and articulate spokesperson for the Administration, McClellan was content to be a punching bag for the White House press corps. Even worse, he probably thought it was his JOB to be a punching bag, the poor pathetic twit.

I look forward to reading Feith's book. As for McClellan, I can't imagine any writer more likely to be a waste of time.

Splash, out


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