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December 09, 2005

Why Oh Why Can't We Have Better ThinkTanks? (Bush Uses the Council on Foreign Relations as a Backdrop Edition)

http://thinkprogress.org/2005/12/08/bush-evite/ Bush uses the Council on Foreign Relations as a backdrop for one of his no-questions-allowed exercises in dissimulation. ThinkProgress reports:

"Only a few hundred members showed up for the hastily organized event at a Washington hotel and empty chairs were removed from the back of the ballroom before Bush arrived."... We were forwarded this desperate plea the Council sent out late Tuesday, asking people who were planning on coming to bring a friend. Bush broke Council tradition by refusing to accept questions after his speech. Apparently, most people aren't that excited about being used as a presidential prop. This may explain why Bush has preferred giving his speeches in front of military audiences, who are required to attend.

CFR President Richard N. Haass should know that twelve out of sixteen social-science professors surveyed think that he has taken significant reputational damage from his complicity in this... media event...

Posted by DeLong at December 9, 2005 11:02 AM