In a landslide vote, Hitchens (not to be confused with Will Smith's Hitch) has won the Oscar for laziest column writer the Academy has ever seen:
The return of politics to Iraq has had many blissful secondary consequences, one of them apparently minor but nonetheless, I think, important. When was the last time you heard some glib pundit employing the phrase ‘The Arab Street’? I haven’t actually done a Nexis search on this, but my strong impression is that the term has been, without any formal interment, laid to rest.
Because you know what takes for-fucking-ever? Nexis searches.