Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Dinesh D’Souza: A Real Get!

Jo Egelhoff passes on the joyous news that Dinesh D'Souza will be speaking at the AFP conference next weekend. Here are some reviews of The Enemy at Home, which was written by D’Souza:

Dean Barnett, Townhall.com:

"First, a disclaimer – I love making fun of lefties. As a matter of fact, the interests I list on my MySpace.com homepage are extreme sports, getting ink done and slagging on liberals. So you might think that Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, “The Enemy at Home” would be right up my alley. Quite the contrary, I found “The Enemy at Home” to be intellectually obtuse, poorly informed and, most importantly, an irresponsible exercise in putatively conservative bomb-throwing."


"I pray that the superficial and inaccurate ideas set forth by D'Souza are taken for the folly that they are."

Daniel Pipes:

"I have been appalled by the thesis of his new book, The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11."

The Washington Post:

"The result is the worst nonfiction book about terrorism published by a major house since 9/11 ..."


"With a few exceptions, such as Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review, prominent conservatives have excoriated D’Souza’s tome."


"The heart of D'Souza's book isn't his libeling of the American left, but rather his libeling of the American right."

The Boston Globe:

"Far from becoming a favorite title on the right, D'Souza's book has produced a furious response from many conservatives, who feel that it carries liberal-bashing so far that he appears to endorse Osama bin Laden over Hillary Clinton."

The International Herald Tribune:

"His new book, 'The Enemy at Home,' is filled with willfully incendiary — and preposterous — assertions that 'the cultural left in this country is responsible for causing 9/11'; that the left is 'secretly allied' with the movement that Osama bin Laden and Islamic radicals represent 'to undermine the Bush administration and American foreign policy'; and that 'the left wants America to be a shining beacon of global depravity, a kind of Gomorrah on a Hill.'"

Michael Berube:

"According to D’Souza, 9/11 was brought to you by people legitimately outraged by the sexual liberty of women, gay marriage, birth control, and no-fault divorce. Not to mention Bill Moyers."

Alan Wolfe, the New York Times:

"Susan Sontag never said we brought Sept. 11 on ourselves. Dinesh D’Souza does say it."

The Seattle Stranger:

"Promoting his tract on TV, D’Souza has consistently softened and misrepresented its message. His January 28 reply to critics, which ran in the Washington Post, is a masterpiece of dissembling: he complains that Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert hounded him with the question 'But you agree with the Islamic radicals, don’t you?'—but fails to mention that he finally replied 'Yes.'"

Well done, AFP -- with reviews like these, D'Souza must have been hard to schedule ...

Why not just invite Kevin Barrett?

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