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After Georgetown University decided against renewing his contract, a
brief stay as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of
Government, and his efforts to get a post at the Brookings Institution
came to naught, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas
Feith appears to have found a new home at the Hudson Institute, another
predominantly neo-conservative “think tank” that tends to lie in the
shadow of the much more media-prominent American Enterprise Institute
(AEI). According to Hudson’s latest “News & Review,” Feith, whose
self-serving memoir, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn
of the War on Terrorism pretty much bombed with the few credible
critics who reviewed it, will be the Institute’s Director for National
Security Strategies.

Hudson, of course, was the first refuge of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby
after his 2005 indictment for perjury, but he apparently left after his
conviction (and despite Bush’s commutation), and I’ve completely lost
track of him now. (Does anyone know what he’s doing?)

Feith will join other leading Likudist lights at Hudson, including
Meyrav Wurmser (wife of former Cheney aide David Wurmser), who heads
the Institute’s Middle East Studies department; Hillel Fradkin; Laurent
Murawiec; Anne Bayefsky; Norman Podhoretz (not in residence); and Nina
Shea, among others. It’s interesting to note that the two Wurmsers, as
well as Feith and another Hudson Senior Fellow, Charles Fairbanks, Jr.,
made up half of the eight members of the task force sponsored by the
Jerusalem-based Institute for Advanced Strategic & Political Studies
(IASPS) that produced the 1996 “Clean Break: A New Strategy for
Securing the Realm” paper for incoming Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu that many analysts believe helped plant the seed for the Iraq
invasion eight years later. (That alone suggests how dangerous it might
be to put Feith in charge of developing any kinds of “strategies,” as
Hudson seems to have done.) The other task force members included
IASPS’s highly eccentric (check its website) president, Robert
Loewenberg, James Colbert, then-Washington Institute for Near East
Policy (WINEP) researcher Jonathan Torop; and the nominal chairman,
Richard Perle, from whom not much has been heard lately — another sign
that, with the exception of Bill Kristol, Max Boot, and the Kagan boys,
neo-cons have been lying rather low during the election campaign.

Feith’s former boss, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, has also
not been heard from recently, which in many ways is very strange, given
that his last public post was president of the World Bank and his
official at AEI (where he has been a Visiting Scholar since his
ignominious resignation 18 months ago) stresses his interest in
development and trade. You would think that, given the current
financial crisis and its potentially disastrous ripple effects on
emerging economies and poor countries (for which he has expressed
particular sympathy in the past), he would not have been shy about
offering his advice about how to protect them. But, apart from his
advocacy of business and defense ties with Taiwan (he’s chairman of the
U.S.-Taiwan Business Council), he seems to have largely disappeared
from the public sphere. In the realm of economic development and aid,
Hudson has acquired a far more credible figure in the person of former
USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios, who joined the Institute at the
same time as Feith.

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