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March 29, 2010

Should AEI fire the lazy Paul Wolfowitz?

Some disputes fly hither and yon over the dismissal of Iraq War propagandist former White House speechwriter David Frum from the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Paul Wolfowitz better look out.

Tunku Varadarajan suggests Frum was forced out for goldbricking, not pulling his weight. Christopher Buckley in The Daily Beast suggests otherwise. But what if Varadarajan is right? Let's look at productivity, and see who might be next for the ol' AEI heave-ho.

Dr. Wolfowitz is a visiting scholar at AEI. It's got to be a tough position for the 66-year-old former deputy secretary of defense, struggling for relevance while his reputation is forever linked to America's longest wars. Still, has he been pulling his weight? The AEI site lists his most recent work as a Jan. 6 commentary in the Wall Street Journal; before that, there was a Sept. 28, 2009 commentary in the Financial Times, and a Sept. 11 commentary in Forbes.com. Activity-wise, the last event listed occurred in April 2009.

2009.

Time to get cracking, Dr. Wolfowitz. Although, perhaps he is now working hard on his memoirs. If so, title suggestions welcome. Here's one possibility: "Hard to Imagine."

Or, perhaps: "Oops, My Bad"

Or perhaps a forward-looking: "On to Tehran!"

Or perhaps a bit of faux noble poetry, say, "Not So Bold a Dream"

Or "Words of War, War of Words: A Defense Intellectual's Life"

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