February 22, 2010

Hitch on Haig

Christopher Hitchens is always willing to be exceedingly nasty about the recently deceased- his Bob Hope anti-obit is a classic- and now he turns his guns on Alexander Haig:

I saw that "demeanor" up close more than once and was coldly appalled by the pig-nostriled and also piggy-eyed form that it took. But nothing could equal that day's performance, which evinced all the sweaty, pasty-faced, trembling symptoms of a weak king or of a slobbering dauphin who could not wait to try on the crown. For a few hours at least, the United States of America appeared to be—and actually was—a pathetic banana republic.

Indeed, the bulk of Haig's awful political career was an example of banana-republic principles and the related phenomenon of an overambitious man in uniform who mastered the essential art of licking the derrières of those above him while simultaneously (see above) bullying and menacing those below.

I'm almost excited for Henry Kissinger's death, just to see what Hitchens comes up with.

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 22, 2010 09:31 PM
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