Last updated on: 5/1/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Christopher Hitchens Biography

Title:
Former Contributing Editor for Vanity Fair
Position:
Con to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"
Reasoning:

“Reagan sold heavy weapons to the Iranian mullahs and lied about it, saying that all the weapons he hadn’t sold them (and hadn’t traded for hostages in any case) would, all the same, have fit on a small truck. Reagan then diverted the profits of this criminal trade to an illegal war in Nicaragua and lied unceasingly about that, too. Reagan then modestly let his underlings maintain that he was too dense to understand the connection between the two impeachable crimes. He then switched without any apparent strain to a policy of backing Saddam Hussein against Iran…

He was as dumb as a stump…

Year in and year out in Washington, I could not believe that such a man had even been a poor governor of California in a bad year, let alone that such a smart country would put up with such an obvious phony and loon.”

“Not Even a Hedgehog: The Stupidity of Ronald Reagan,” slate.com, June 7, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair, 1992-present
  • Contributing Editor, Atlantic Monthly
  • Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Biweekly Columnist, The Nation, 1982-2002
  • Book Critic, New York Newsday, 1986-1992
  • Foreign Editor, New Statesman, 1979-1981
  • Foreign Correspondent, Daily Express, 1977-1979
  • Former Columnist, Slate, Daily Mirror
  • Former Washington Editor, Harper’s Magazine
  • Former US Correspondent, The Spectator
  • Former US Correspondent, Time Literary Supplement
  • Taught as a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Pittsburgh, and the New School of Social Research
Education:
  • BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Balliol College, Oxford, 1970
Other:
  • Born Apr. 13, 1949
  • Was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in June 2010
  • Died Dec. 15, 2011
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?