A Message From Sharon Tennison of the Center for Citizen Initiatives

Dear CCI Friends,
It is 4 am. I awakened this morning from jet lag in a gated community of private homes on the West Coast. Swirling around in my mind was, “The Making of the Enemy,” a phrase of past decades. It has never seemed more relevant to me than now.

FLASHBACK: President Kennedy’s American University Address of June 1963

55 years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy gave a landmark address calling for peace between the world’s two nuclear superpowers. Said Kennedy, “No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue.” Were he alive today, would Kennedy be able to utter such a sentiment and not be condemned as a ‘useful idiot’ by CNN, MSNBC, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, The New Republic, National Review and The Washington Post?

Paul Pillar: On Trump’s Proposal to Bring Back the G8

Trump’s proposal to readmit Russia to the G-7, making the group once again a G-8, may have been as little thought out as many of his other moves; reportedly, officials of the National Security Council were taken by surprise. But the proposal has validity for the same reason it made sense to admit Russia in the 1990s

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