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Post WAIS Editorial Bias? Memories of George Shultz
Created by John Eipper on 02/19/21 3:34 AM

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WAIS Editorial Bias? Memories of George Shultz (Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA, 02/19/21 3:34 am)

I agree with the viewpoint that JE has the right to express his opinion in every WAIS post. His coletilla is never demeaning or aggressive. But the fact is that, as we all know, his notes sometimes reveal that he is a misguided University of Michigan left-leaning liberal alumnus. We never crossed paths in wonderful Ann Arbor, so I carry some responsibility for that ideological misstep.

Re George Shultz: I have mixed personal recollections. We belonged to a couple of policy-oriented organizations where he was always on the front row or at the podium. He was very observant and exhibited what intelligence professionals call situational awareness. I assumed he must have been threatened at some point in his life.

He was a man of power, not super friendly but aloof bordering on the distant, but in a gentlemanly way. He impressed me with his clarity of mind and ability to express complex issues in simplified form. At the Hoover Institution he was a real heavyweight despite the presence of other luminaries like former Secretary of Defense Dr. William Perry. Shultz was married to a renowned San Francisco socialite, and the two always made the social pages. As a team they were seen frequently in public. One of the subrosa insider conversations at such events was his famous tattoo from his Marine Corps military service days.

JE comments:  Francisco, you and I prove that political differences should never get in the way of a friendship.  Thank you!  I hope we will someday return to Ann Arbor together, and revisit our respective haunts.  Despite living just an hour away, I rarely go to downtown AA or the U Michigan campus.  Fear of parking?  Ann Arbor is the only Michigan locale with New York- and San Francisco-like parking challenges.

Ed Jajko has also sent a note on George Shultz from their shared time at the Hoover Institution.  Ed's post will appear later today.


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