We Report; You Decide
The 18th Annual Meeting of the John Randolph Club was perhaps the most successful in its history, with the exception of the bad behavior of one invited speaker, who, not happy that a majority of the audience favored the other side in the debate on Saturday night, has made common cause with the ex-communist David Horowitz to attack his longtime allies.
The debate question was "Resolved: America Should Immediately Withdraw Her Armed Forces From Iraq," and the affirmative team featured Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com, Peter Brimelow of VDare.com, and the well-known leftist author Kirkpatrick Sale, who these days devotes himself to furthering the cause of decentralism through his Middlebury Institute. The negative team featured regular Chronicles contributor R. Cort Kirkwood, Chronicles' foreign-affairs editor Srdja Trifkovic, and William Hawkins of the U.S. Business and Industry Council.
You can find Mr. Hawkins' account of the debate here. Mr. Hawkins raises questions about the people we associate with (and whom he voluntarily associated with by accepting our invitation), but we'll leave it to the reader to decide whether our associations are less desirable than his.
As for the outcome of the debate, you can decide for yourself. Thanks to Antiwar.com, which is providing the bandwidth, you can listen to the entire debate by clicking here.