I don't like John Podhoretz personally. We had an email exchange a few years ago where we were actually on the same side of the policy we were discussing, but he was so grating and nasty that he rubbed me the wrong way. Nothing irks me more than bad manners, and that's how I would describe him and how he handled our discussion.
With that said though, I recognize that he's a sharp cookie in his field. And he seems to be signing on to my "pounded like cheap veal" thesis. The title of this post is my attempt at a dig at Mt. Podhoretz from our last exchange, just in case he sees it. In it, he accused me of being an "Obvious Anti-Semite" which is one of the more ridiculous and uncharacteristic things I've ever been accused of.
But in my world, I don't have to like someone to think they're clever. And they don't have to ingratiate themselves to me, before I declare them worthy of attention.