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Tue Feb 17, Inheritance, by David Sanger

From: Dyutiman D.
Sent on: Sunday, January 25, 2009 9:09 PM
Hi All,

We are meeting on Tue Jan 27 for discussion on A Team of Rivals, about Lincoln's cabinet. Feel free to drop by even if you have not read the book, I think it will be a really interesting discussion.

After this historical perspective we'll be taking at a glance the problems that Bush leaves behind, and use David Sanger's Inheritance as a guide.

The main theme is of lost opportunities, i.e. being focused on Iraq Bush allowed numerous other problems to fester and grow.

Chief among them are:
1. Iran: they are building the nukes and the Bush administration are running covert operations. What are the implications, and how to effectively counter the threat? Can the world allow a nuclear Iran, and if so, should it?

2. Pakistan: is embroiled in internal conflict, the central government is not much in control, what are the risks to the nuclear arsenal, or that of Pakistan collapsing?

3. Afghanistan and North Korea: the Taliban is resurgent and the nuclear deal with Kim Jong Il has fallen apart, what are the consequences of that?

4. lastly, the biggest advantage in all this has surely gone to China. While the U.S. has and continues to waste resources in Iraq China has grown considerably stronger

these articles are simply a guide, in the metup event website, I also have a number of links to interviews with Charlie Rose which will provide some back drop of the issues.

This will be more of a general discussion, so articles from the Economist (or elsewhere) are also welcome. I hope many of you can make it.


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