Completely independently of my recent post acknowledging France’s diplomatic maneuvers in securing UN Resolution 1701 calling for an end to the violence between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, I have agreed to help organize a new U.S.-France group of public affairs and policy intellectuals called Le Cercle Lafayette.
With the enthusiastic support of French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, we will be launching this new group at the Ambassador’s home September 6th on what is Marquis de Lafayette’s 249th birthday.
I need to read up on Lafayette, whose important role and contributions to America’s independence and its history I know in thin form. I know we have some revolutionary era officianados reading this blog, and I’d appreciate any notes or materials that might bring Lafayette and a contemparary appreciation for his role to life.
— Steve Clemons