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Truth trumps idologicy

  • Sep 29, 2003
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Chris Hitchens is not only a brilliant writer he is an incredibly honest one. You might disagree with his premise (The Missionary Position) or you might think he doesn't have enough evidence to support his final conclusion (The Trial of Henry Kissinger) but no honest reader can state that he does not come to these conclusions honestly and based on facts and his conclusions from them.

This book was his first step away from the left but as he would say in it, the left stepped away from its principles by supporting Clinton who used and abused those values which Hitchens believes in.

Reading this book years after all the hullabaloo has died down gives a great insight into the operation of the Clintons now and the position of Hitchens now. His basic theme is that Clinton husband and wife were both giving lip service to the left while giving actions to the right based on their own advancement.

He asks the question out loud stating bluntly why does the right hate Clinton so since he advanced so much of the agenda. I think it is precisely for the same reason why he did. He correctly points out that those in power on the right lets many things go due to either political fear or advantage, it is quite similar to the California situation today.

As always the book is short and interesting. Don't read it at bedtime. It is not long enough to convince you to put it down till tomorrow yet too full to finish quickly and absorb it all.

Read it before you read the other defenses and attacks on the Clintons. It is the straightest one of the batch.

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The most vocal critics of Bill Clinton's presidency tend to be conservatives--think, for example, of William J. Bennett'sThe Death of Outrage--but there are those on the Left who are fed up with Clinton as well. Among them is journalist Christopher Hitchens (most prominently associated withThe NationandVanity Fair), who has produced a slim but vehement volume outlining how "Clinton's private vileness meshes exactly with his brutal and opportunistic public style."No One Left to Lie Tois the story of a man who took the Democratic presidential nomination and, having achieved office, began enacting welfare reform and anticrime legislation that surpassed the ambitions of all but the most ideologically loyal Republicans--and routinely plundered the GOP platform for other policy ideas as well.

Hitchens is particularly damning on Clinton's tendency to resort to divisive racial politics when it suits his purposes, as when, in the course of the 1992 presidential campaign, he refused to lift a finger to save a mentally retarded African American from state execution so he could appear tough on crime, then shortly afterwards hijacked a Rainbow Coalition conference to criticize rap artist Sister Souljah for the benefit of the attendant press. When he needs the black vote, though, Clinton will allow himself to be trumpeted as the most racially sensitive president in American history--if not, in Toni Morrison's memorably ludicrous phrase, "our first black president." Furthermore, the man who...

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ISBN-10: 1859847366
ISBN-13: 978-1859847367
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Publisher: Verso

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