John Mearsheimer, of “Smearsheimer and Wilt” fame, quotes Hitchens’ article in Slate in his defence. It would appear, however, that Smearesheimer has not read Hitchens. The greatest Old Leysian ended his piece, as Tony Bardan pointed out, with this magnificent last paragraph:
Wishfulness has led them to seriously mischaracterize the origins of the problem and to produce an article that is redeemed from complete dullness and mediocrity only by being slightly but unmistakably smelly.
Somebody should inform Smearsheimer that Hitchens is not complimenting him on his choice of aftershave.
Andrew Apostolou (unsmeared pyjamas).