CHALABI SPEAKS!….Kris Lofgren attended Ahmed Chalabi’s homecoming speech at the AEI this afternoon and came away unimpressed. Or, more accurately, impressed but in the wrong way. His notes are here.

Actually, though, the part of his post I found most intriguing was a conversation Kris had with Christopher Hitchens after the speech. He wasn’t taking notes, but says it went roughly like this:

I asked him if he thought Chalabi had been passing American intelligence to the Iranians. “No,” he insisted. “It’s possible that with his training, you know, at [The University of] Chicago that with his own ability he was able to crack the codes. He is a mathematical genius. His expertise is cryptology. It is possible that he broke the codes himself.”

Hitchens can’t possibly believe that, can he?