Hitchens vs. Ritter

Another smackdown delivered by Chris Hitchens is in the making:

Scott Ritter vs Cristopher Hitchens on the Iraq War – 12/20/2005, 7:00 pm

The debate to end all debates: the brash and controversial Scott Ritter against the legendary Christopher Hitchens on the War that divides America and the World.

After 30 months of fighting, estimates range from 30,000 to 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians, and upwards of 2,100 dead American troops. Many questions linger. Saddam’s reign is history, but is Iraq better off? Why did we go, and why are we still there? When should we pull out?

Come ponder our country’s foremost foreign policy issues, moderated by Air America’s brilliant Laura Flanders!


Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair columnist and America’s favorite British contrarian, wields a crowded kebob skewer displaying the charred likes of Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Mother Teresa, and Bill Clinton. He was recently voted the world’s 5th Top Public Intellectual by Prospect Magazine. Hitchens has written over 60 books and is a proud enemy of all Religions. Abandoning most of his former comrades on the Left, Hitchens vehemently supports Bush’s war on Iraq.

Scott Ritter is the straight-talking former marine officer who the CIA wants to silence. During Desert Storm, he served as a ballistic missile advisor to General Norman Schwarzkopf. In the mid 1990’s, Ritter helped lead the UN weapons inspections of Iraq and found himself at the center of a dangerous game between the Iraqi and US regimes. In 2000, Ritter wrote that Iraq had no militarily significant stocks of prohibited weapons. He strongly opposes Bush’s war on Iraq.

The debate will be held at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY. If any of ya’ll go, please let us know how the debate goes :) Hopefully it’ll be broadcast on CSPAN.

(Thanks for the heads up, FT)

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