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A Remembrance
James Schlesinger, R.I.P.

Jim Schlesigner was a great man, a consequential man, and an enigmatic man too in some ways.

Published on: March 28, 2014
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  • Andrew Allison

    This self-aggrandizing paean to a great man is marked by spectacular carelessness. “sipped at his Champaign”! “As I approach a mere 63 years of age, I sense the world rolling forth in
    such a way that those numbered in the generation or two ahead of me” (that would be those 98 and 135 respectively!!). Surely The Feed can do better than this.

    • free_agent

      What generation time are you using? The usual generation length is figured at 20 to 30 years. The longer time makes more sense when you’re accounting for people’s actual descent, but in institutional life, someone who is 20 years more senior than you is definitely of an earlier era and higher rank. Though in any case, those two generations ahead are getting incredibly thin.

      • Andrew Allison

        You are correct. It’s only 88 and 125. As you point out, the vast majority of both cohorts have already fallen off the edge — which was my point.

      • Adam Garfinkle

        I probably should have said decades instead of generations, yes. But I wonder what kind of person comments on such marginalia while entirely ignoring the purpose of the writing.

  • PKCasimir

    This is one man’s rather oleaginous view of the man. Others, including those of us who had some interface with Schlesinger, found him to be a pompous, opinionated, arrogant jerk who thought he was above the law and the constitution.

  • free_agent

    You write, “Scoop Jackson’s home on Rockwood Parkway, near American University”, which gives a hilarious “inside the beltway” flavor to all this — the reader is expected to know that Scoop Jackson was an important senator, and that the two locations mentioned are in DC.

  • Jim__L

    So is there anyone out there 25 years his junior that can fill his shoes? Or at least, fill them as well as Schlesinger himself was filling shoes 25 years ago?

  • Carlos

    James Schlesinger is a real hero of mine. His courage to hold the CIA up to the
    standards expected of American citizens, his refusal to just accept mass
    civilian casualties in a nuclear exchange, and his deep concern about energy and
    bravery in speaking about peak oil tell you what kind of a man he was.

    He could see through the fog of partisan politics and for a republican certainly had some affinity for progressive issues. Although “neocons” may like to pretend they
    know strategy like he did, and think he was one of them, he was too good to
    ever be pigeon-holed into anyone else’s philosophy.

    He mellowed nicely as an old boy – history will judge him kindly I am sure.
    I salute Jim – a man always ready to hammer a commie, or a complacent General in equal measure. He was cool.

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