An American heavyweight passes on...
On March 27 America lost one of its towering public servants of the past 60 years, former defense secretary & energy secretary & CIA director, plus numerous other notable achievements, as his WaPo obituary shows.
He was immensely knowledgeable, possessed of true gravitas, and committed to a positive version of American exceptionalism, one based upon an abiding belief that America's active presence on the world stage was a more often than not a force for good.
Never one to suffer fools gladly, he gave anyone, including presidents, who sought his counsel his honest advice, even if it was one the recipient(s) did not wish to hear. This got him fired more than once.
To compare the likes of Schlesinger to Team Obama is to realize how far this country has fallen. Not a single member of President Obama's national security civilian team belongs there. Not a single one is anywhere near Schlesinger's level. They prattle on about the UN, international law, the "world community" and why the US must defer, genuflect, apologize, lead from behind, browbeat allies, propitiate enemies--in all, dispensing an endless succession of ignorant, shopworn platitudes.
On a happier note in unhappy times, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, located on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College, is Schlesinger's gift, named for his late wife. I've attended several concerts there over the years, and experienced its excellent acoustics. Music lovers will enjoy the venue for a long time.
Bottom Line. James Schlesinger served his country well and often, helping shepherd it to victory in the Cold War. One can only hope that after this dismal administration we elect a president who will find public servants like him, to begin rebuilding after eight years of serial disasters amounting the collective national and societal catastrophe.
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