Christopher Buckley is one of my favorite writers. Having gone to college on a scholarship from tobacco giant Philip Morris, Thank You for Smoking, Buckley's story of moral triangulation and defense of the rights of minors to get lung cancer, really spoke to me. His review of Tom Clancy's Debt of Honor (his Japanese characters aren't "one dimensional, they're half dimensional") was a work of genius.
So naturally his essay in Washington Monthly is really great.
[To the tune of Gipsy Kings, "Hotel California (Spanish Mix)," from the album "¡Volare! - The Very Best of the Gipsy Kings".]