Christopher Hitchens unfavorably compares the so-called “Downing Street Memo” to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. I have not read The Da Vinci Code, but I did try to read Angels and Demons by the same author and found it so shot through with conspiracy-mongering to make it unreadable even while I was on vacation looking for an escape novel – and I’m not at all one of those people who demand stories be realistic, per se. The next book in line on my nightstand is a vampire novel by Todd Grimson (who often posts in the comments section below) named Stainless.
Anyway, Hitchens’ conclusion is the best part of the piece.
The outrage about the nondisclosures in the Downing Street memos has led Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina to demand that we tell the al-Qaida forces in Iraq exactly when we intend to give up. Jones is the right-wing bigmouth who once wanted to rename French fries “freedom fries.” He was a moral and political cretin when he did that and, not to my surprise, he has been unable to stop being a moral and political cretin since. He and his new friends are welcome to each other.