More viewing pleasure

Here’s another archived stream at C-SPAN you might enjoy watching. (If that direct link fails for you, go here and follow the first “WATCH” link.)

It’s a panel discussion (really a debate) from last weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books:

Panel: U.S. and Iraq One Year Later: Right to Get In? Wrong to Get Out?

Watch 2 hrs.

* Christopher Hitchens, “A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq”

* Mark Danner, “The Massacre at El Mozote”

* Michael Ignatieff, “The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror”

* Robert Scheer, co-author, The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq”

* Steve Wasserman, Los Angeles Times Book Review editor—Moderator

Hitchens is looking much more prosperous (and sober even) since his Big Right Turn. But of course.

Wasserman is as always somewhere between a weasel and a blowhard, but, except for some extremely long-winded (I did say it was Wasserman, right?) questions, is mercifully quiet.

Hitchens makes you want to scream and throw things at the screen. Ignatieff always reminds me of the worst sort of self-promoting academic smart-fool, and he does not disappoint here. Danner is good on our side, but Scheer simply hands Hitchens his head on several occasions, especially during the last few minutes when he suckers both Hitchens and Ignatieff into some faux outrage and then raises the stakes to such a level that they are left literally breathless and staggered. It is one of the best moments I’ve seen on television in years. Watch the last ten minutes or so, or watch the whole thing if such discussions appeal to you.