Magazine article The American Conservative

Skip out, Snort Up

Magazine article The American Conservative

Skip out, Snort Up

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[2008]

June dealt the Giuliani campaign a onetwo punch. First newspapers reported that the "Mayor of 9/11" had skipped out on the meetings of the Iraq Study Group because they interfered with his publicspeaking schedule. After Giuliani begged off two panel meetings - one to make a $100,000 speech in Atlanta, the other in favor of a $200,000 address in South Korea - Study Group leaders asked him to show up or resign. He left.

It's understandable that Rudy might prefer making money to participating in difficult foreign-policy discussions. Tough-guy campaign slogans come more easily when you don't think much about military and political realities. But the mayor, -whose campaign is more or less based on his aura of leadership and command after the terrorist attacks, really has no foreign-policy experience or reservoir of knowledge. The Iraq Study Group could have given him some.

Well, you might say, maybe he doesn't know much about foreign policy, but surely he could find people to advise him. …

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