Laura Rozen has the scooplet of the week. She discovered that Michael Ledeen and the American Enterprise Institute have ended their relationship.
On the AEI site, Ledeen is listed as “Former Freedom Scholar.” But not to worry, Ledeed is a fully-fledged Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
I’m really surprised about this because I didn’t know top tier neocons could ever leave AEI. AEI has a diverse roster of scholars and thinkers, many of whom are not neoconservative-tilting at all, but at the same time — AEI is the home base for the neocon movement.
This reminds me of when Chalmers Johnson told me he was exasperated with the state-protecting blandness of the Council on Foreign Relations — so he decided to resign. After calling the CFR to cancel his membership, a person apparently told Chalmers that he couldn’t resign from the CFR. . .no one resigns from the Council. . . The person said that his membership was for life. And his response: “Consider me dead.”
Again, I’m really surprised that a leading neocon could ever leave AEI. . .
— Steve Clemons