NUMBER 3: JOHN HILLEN
I saw John’s post in The Corner, and I must tell all NRO readers that he is a tremendous asset on the conservative side of the great ideological divide. On matters of terrorism, security, and the military, NR’s well-spoken and witty Contributing Editor (and a former Army special operations officer and decorated Gulf War vet, Bush defense advisor, and ABC News talking head) is the man to go to discuss the new shape of America’s intelligence community and military forces, and what that means for our national security.
John made our last cruise all the more informative and enjoyable, and we’re glad to have him back (especially side-kicking with Victor Davis Hanson and Bernard Lewis) so those smart enough to sail with us in the fall (300-plus fun-loving conservatives and counting) will get an unmatched, authoritative assessment of the most important issues of our times.
By the way, I just got an update on bookings for the trip, and last week’s stash of remaining cabins (20) has fallen to 13 — in just one weekend! While we’re trying to meet the relentless demand by crow-barring a few more staterooms out of Holland America’s hold, which is not likely (we may bag two or three if all the stars are aligned), I’m hopeful you’ll stop procrastinating. Admit it: you want to come on the National Review 2004 Post-Election Caribbean Cruise. Heck, you’ve wanted to sign up for months, but have put off the inevitable time and again.
Well, a few more days of this and what will be inevitable is you spending the week of November 13-20 crying into your corn flakes because you lollygagged yourself out of enjoying seven days and nights with the likes of Bernard Lewis, Victor Davis Hanson, Dick Morris, Rep. Pat Toomey, Ed Gillespie, Stephen Moore, John Hillen, Dinesh D’Souza, Michelle Malkin, John Derbyshire, John O’Sullivan, Rich Lowry, Ramesh Ponnuru, and Jay Nordlinger on Holland America’s luxurious Zuiderdam. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
So get the lead out and beat the sell-out: sign up right now at www.nationalreviewcruise-carib.com. Remember, you snooze, you lose–no cruise! Other than your daughter saying “Dad, I’d like you to meet my new boyfriend, Michael Moore,” more frightening words will never be spoken.