Another voice, of a slightly different timbre but whose critique of the American Empire matched Vidal's, is Noam Chomsky's. You might remember that in the early days of the latest war, the two were often paired up, as if the corporate media could, despite every search and research resource available, locate only two anti-imperialist anti-war public intellectuals, no Medea Benjamin or Norman Solomon or Cornell West. Still, it made for great fun, their pairing (an anti-Viet Nam War reunion), of which I was reminded when I heard the Chomster say something in a speech only last week exemplary of his own reliably deadpan wit: "The Republican organization --- I hesitate to say party..." and I swore I heard Gore chuckling on the stage with him and then perhaps offering his own drollery and cleverness by way of organizations and parties. The two of them had, briefly, the entire Bush Administration as straight men, and if you went in for this sort of thing you could hear them plenty on Democracy Now! and Ian Masters' excellent Background Briefing.