Leslie H. Gelb, a former New York Times columnist and senior government official, is author of "Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy" (HarperCollins 2009), a book that shows how to think about and use power in the 21st century. He is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations.
The author discusses realpolitik and common sense.
The author claims the Pentagon Papers are misunderstood, and that the domino theory justified American military intervention in Vietnam and elsewhere.
The author sums up George W. Bush’s legacy as calamitous.
The author praises George H. W. Bush’s diplomacy and Sully Sullenberger’s competence.
The author praises the American diplomats who established international institutions.
The author says the President should focus on the economic meltdown.
The author compares the failures of liberals and neoconservatives to understand power and use it effectively.