I've never been a big fan of Christopher Hitchens. His whole gimmick of being the pompous drunk Marxist who went from worshiping Noam Chomsky to worshiping Paul Wolfowitz after 9/11 reeked of opportunism. However, like the old saying goes: a broken clock is right twice a day. And that's how I feel about his book dealing with the Bill Clinton years, which was a surprisingly good read. As Hillary runs for president, the book served as a refresher course on all the Clinton scandals of the 90s, including the alleged rape of several women; a real war on women that Hillary did everything to cover up, going so far as to hire private detectives to discredit these women. There also were a few stories that I wasn't aware of, like how as governor, Clinton refused to take in any Cuban refugees from the infamous Mariel boat lift, defying the feds ala Orval Faubus. With all the talk about Syrian refugees and "compassion," it demonstrated just how opportunistic and slippery the Clintons really are.
Clinton was a neocon. I guess the current term is a Republicon. Evidence: his Welfare "Reform" to take back Southern votes and of course his Wall Street deregulation that won him big bank campaign contributions while setting up the 2008 Financial Crisis, not to mention feeding a malignant Corporate banking system which funnels public money to the top fuelled by and bailed-out by Clinton/Greenspan.
Christopher Hitchens knows how to write vicious polemics (i.e. on Kissinger, Mother Teresa). This one was still insightful, but for a target as corrupt as Clinton and an author was witty as Hitchens, I expected much more. Perhaps some of that is hindsight, but I just don't think Hitchens clearly reveals the magnitude of Clinton's policies on the economy and the middle/working class, instead focusing on personal failures/hypocrisies and the political theater. That's something I've never understood about Hitchens, a self-proclaimed Marxist.
I developed an ambiguous animosity to Clinton when he was in office and felt him below the high standards a President should prevail upon while in office. However his transgressions seem less surprising when considered against other recent presidents. Morality and Ethics are starved cousins to any president of the USA it seems.
Hitchens inspires and makes one take the high road with this witty, insightful regurgitation of history. Its a scary reminder that as a voter, you never know what your buying.
Some notable phraseology ---
"Its the dogs that don't bark the you have to listen to". and the most insightful of all,
"When the finger points at the moon, (chinese saying), the idiot looks at the finger" may describe those hangers on who see, and hear the dysfunction in their leader but can or will not do anything but pander to their personal greedy avarice and claim for status.
A short read with lots of thought.
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