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HBO History Makers Series with Richard B. Myers

The Home Box Office History Makers Series focuses particular attention on the contributions made by a prominent individual at a critical juncture in U.S. foreign policy or at noteworthy moments in recent history. Past speakers in this series include Ehud Barak, Madeleine Albright, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Lakhdar Brahimi.

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Reception
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meeting

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Trainor: Rumsfeld Likely to Leave ‘Very Negative’ Legacy as Defense Secretary

Marine Lieut. Gen. (ret.) Bernard E. Trainor interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Retired Marine Lieut. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, who has coauthored a book on the planning for the Iraq war, says that departing Secretary of Defense Donald M. Rumsfeld will probably leave a “negative legacy” as a result of his insistence on refusing military requests to plan adequately for the chaos that arose in Iraq.

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Gelb: Rumsfeld’s Resignation Should Have Been Accepted a Year Ago

Leslie H. Gelb interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of CFR, and a former Pentagon and State Department official in the Johnson and Carter administrations, says the public criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald M. Rumsfeld by some retired senior military officers is due to their unhappiness "that they didn't speak up earlier, speak up while they were on the job."

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New Yorker: The Shadow Commander

Author: Dexter Filkins

"Suleimani took command of the Quds Force fifteen years ago, and has sought to reshape the Middle East in Iran's favor: assassinating rivals, arming allies, and directing a network of militant groups that killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq. And yet he has remained mostly invisible to the outside world. 'Suleimani is the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today,' a former C.I.A. officer in Iraq, told me, 'and no one's ever heard of him.'"

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FP: The Transformer

Author: Fred Kaplan

Bob Gates never thought he'd be Barack Obama's defense secretary. Now, in an exclusive interview, the most revolutionary Pentagon leader since Robert McNamara tells FP why he said yes, when he'll get out of Washington, and what legacy he hopes to leave behind.

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