Attacking a Strawman
Christopher Hitchens has a problem. I don’t think the biggest one is in the linked article above. Several bigger ones lie here. Mr. Hitchens has had to dodge his previous rosy picture from Iraq, so he attacks “ghoulish” Democrats for their lust for bad news. It seems lost on him that there are some valid critisims from the left (like this from Juan Cole and this from Brad DeLong) and the center (like this from Daniel Drezner). He does have a point in about relishing in bad news; however he should realize that this is minor compared to the mountains valid criticism being heaped on the Bush administration.
Update: I guess the real reason that Mr. Hitchens upsets me so is that he should know better. He seems blind in his adherence to the Bush Administration policies.