May 20th, 2007

Chris Keeley

*His Diplomatic Coup: Getting Them on the Record*

The Foreign Service Oral History project--WashPost 5/19/07

*His Diplomatic Coup: Getting Them on the Record*

By Peter Carlson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 19, 2007; C01

Diplomats are trained to be, you know, /diplomatic,/ but somehow Stu
Kennedy gets them to say what they really think.

He waits until they retire, then he sits them down in front of his tape
recorder and pretty soon they're telling him great stories about wars
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Chris Keeley

Ray McGovern on Tenet

*Four-letter Word for Tenet: Liar
By Ray McGovern *
/*If they question why we died,
Tell them because our fathers lied.
Rudyard Kipling
*Mercifully, the flurry of media coverage of former CIA director George
Tenet hawking his memoir, At the Center of the Storm, has abated.
Buffeted by those on the right and left who see through his lame attempt
at self-justification, Tenet probably now wishes he had opted to just
fade away, as old soldiers used to do.

He listened instead to his old PR buddy and "co-author" Bill Harlow who
failed miserably in trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. By
this point, they may be having second thoughts.But, hey, $4 million is a
sizable sum, even if split two ways. But, aside from the money, what
else could they have been thinking?

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Chris Keeley

Gloomy discussion w Dr. John Waterbury, retiring President,

Conversations with Dr. John Waterbury, President of   the American

       April 1, 2007

             Conversations: An American in Beirut


       Posted by Scott MacLeod |

       When I heard John Waterbury was stepping down as president
       <> of the American
       University of Beirut <>, I phoned him to ask
       how his 10-year tenure had gone. I was slightly taken aback by
       Waterbury's gloom when I asked him how he saw things generally in
       the Middle East. He offered a long-term view that was disturbing but
       certainly thought-provoking.

           "I have been working and living in the Middle East since
           1959-1960," he said, "and I have never seen a period in which
           U.S.-Arab or U.S.-Middle Eastern relations have been at a lower
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