What should have been done in Iraq?

Ken Adelman is currently vice-president of Movers and Shakespeares, which conducts executive training through leadership lessons from Shakespeare. Ambassador Adelman began teaching Shakespeare in 1977 at Georgetown University, and later with honors students at George Washington University.

During the Reagan Administration, Ken Adelman was an Ambassador to the United Nations and then Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, accompanying President Reagan on his superpower summits with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Adelman was a philosophy major at Grinnell College and then attended Georgetown University, where he received a Masters in Foreign Service Studies and Doctorate in Political Theory.

He is the author of five books -- including co-author of Shakespeare in Charge -- and hundreds of articles, was for 20 years national editor of Washingtonian magazine, and for six years a member of the Defense Policy Board. 

While living in Africa from 1972 to 1975, Adelman translated for Mohammed Ali during “The Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship fight in Zaire, and participated in the Zaire River Expedition, venturing down the Congo River on the 100th Anniversary of Stanley’s exploration.

  • Transcript


Ken Adelman: Which is quite clear. That we liberated the country; we turn it over to a small group of Iraqis, or one figurehead Iraqi like Karzai in Afghanistan; and say in six months’ time the U.N. will have an election . . . U.N. run election in here to choose the leadership. But meanwhile there is a transition towards that leadership change. And that will be Iraqi run. It won’t be __________ run. It won’t be American run. It will be Iraqi run. And that will be a transition to something like that. Meanwhile we will preserve the law and order. We will stop the looting. We will stop the, you know . . . have marshal law ‘til the looters are out of there and then allow an Iraqi government to take over

. Recorded on: 7/2/07