I am in Chestertown, Maryland this morning enjoying a bit of a break from DC — planning a retreat to discuss alternative US policy options in Afghanistan.
Chestertown is an old colonial American town with great character and characters. About an hour and a half outside of Washington and two hours from Philadelphia, this eastern shore spot which George Washington frequented in the early days of the nation is a great place to think and refresh. If you visit some day, check out the programs of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College. It’s one of the best institutional American cultural and historical provocateurs in the nation.
For those of you who someday want to visit, the town “living room” is a great coffee shop, “Play it Again Sam“. Just learned that the shop owner’s cool wife, Liz, is from Bartlesville, Oklahoma where a chunk of my own family is from. Small town meet small town.
On other fronts around the world. . .
~ The UN has released figures on the official number killed by the Haiti earthquake: 111,000.
~ Air America Radio is done, kaput, no more.
~ Defense Secretary Bob Gates, returning from Pakistan, relaxed by watching the film “Seven Days in May,” about an attempted military coup against the President of the United States. This happens to be Senator Lindsey Graham’s favorite film. (see above)
— Steve Clemons