March 31, 2006

Not a compliment

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).

Posted by Andrew Apostolou at March 31, 2006 09:48 PM
Comments

Hmmm, so Mearsheimer's writings have earned him the infantile epithet "Smearsheimer" from a person whose comments about the piece have consisted solely of accusations of anti-semitism and not a single word of engagement with what the authors actually wrote.

I guess Andrew's mirror gets fogged up with all the hot air.

Posted by: J.B.S. at March 31, 2006 08:56 PM

See this piece by Alan Dershowitz from the NY Sun, reprinted on the British site, Engage:

http://www.engageonline.org.uk/blog/article.php?id=336

and also, in the comments section below the piece at Engage, links to a) the FT's crazy editorial about Walt & Mearsheimer, and b) a piece in the London Observer, in which the LRB's editor responds (as best she can, which is not very well) to criticism.

Posted by: Forhigherstandards at April 2, 2006 01:17 PM

The most irrefutable take-down of Walt/Mersheimer comes from, of all people, Joseph Massad! A must read and I challenge any of Walt/Mersheimer to rebut it.
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=107&ItemID=10010

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