If Americans are worried about the return of violent Islamist extremists … Afghanistan is not the most important place they should watch. Philip Zelikow, former Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission.
It’s difficult to remain an atoll of sanity in a typhoon of madness.
We learn from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones. Historian A.J.P. Taylor
I’d collapsed into a chair beside the desk of the woman named Eth. Eth had her elbow on her desk and was resting her head on her hand. She was drinking coffee sideways so as not to have to move her head too much.
As I mentioned earlier, the Republican convention was being held that year in Miami Beach and it was being run by Gerald Ford, then Speaker of the House.
I’ll close out my series on Richard Lugar with a three-part episode I’ll call:
Fortunately, most of my experiences in Dick Lugar’s office weren’t as creepy as the episode of “Drinking the Kool-Aid” or as alarming as “See No Evil.” There was, for example, the one I’ll call:
On my honor, I will never betray my integrity, my character, or the public trust. IPD Oath
I arrived at the Mayor’s office a bit early, announced myself and took a seat in the waiting room. I had only been there a minute or two when a lady came out, told me the Mayor would be with me soon, and asked me to fill out a form while I was waiting.
In those days the Mayor of Indianapolis was a guy named Richard Lugar. Lugar was an unusual mayor, to say the least. He’d been first in his class in high school and college, had been a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and was an Eagle Scout. He was as straight-laced and honest as a country parson. How he’d survived in politics was anybody’s guess.