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An article this morning from the IHT, A leadership lesson via Shakespeare details the emergence of a management guru firm run by Kenneth Adelman and his wife, Carol. For the last two years, the U.S. Air Force has contracted with Kenneth and Carol Adelman's newest corporate enterprise, Movers & Shakespeares, to "hone the preparation of its air force leaders." James Roche, the former secretary of the air force, said the Adelmans's program would fit in with the air force's larger effort. (Adelman is a long time right-winger. He was an executive committee member of the Committee on the Present Danger, now he is affiliated with PNAC.)

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The military seems to be concerned with the possibility of revolt from within, therefore, the attempt at using Shakespeare as proof of the bad decisions made by Brutus (et tu, Brute?) in the murder of Julius Caesar.

Kenneth and Carol Adelman are here to stop the decline of Western Civilization through their amateur, though expensive, interpretations of William Shakespeare's works. The U.S. military has contracted with the Adelmans' Movers & Shakespeares, a management guru firm with a novel way to advise the US military on neo-con philosophy.

The Adelmans "are amateur Shakespeare scholars and...they have marshaled their avocation and their high-level contacts into a management-training business...Although neither of the Adelmans is academically trained in literature, the programs are well steeped in Shakespeare lore and background...."

They have been peddling their services since 1995 and now conduct between 30 and 40 seminars annually...mostly for corporate clients (like Northrop Grumman, a global defense company), but also for government agencies. . . The air force pays the Adelmans $18,000 a session, a discount from their corporate rate of $24,000.

This means the Adelmans have leveraged their high-level government contacts into a “management-training” business of amateur Shakespeare analyses worth somewhere in the range of $720,000.00 - $960,000.00 annually.

Adelman … had little good to say about Brutus, calling "the noblest Roman of them all" a ditherer, "the epitome of a fuzzy-headed academic..." Those who would depose Caesar had, in effect, no exit strategy.

"Brutus is not an honorable man," said Lieutenant General William Looney, one of 20 or so senior air force officers and executives - mostly two- and three-star generals and their civilian equivalents - gathered at the Aspen Institute for a daylong leadership seminar here. "He was a traitor. And he murdered someone in cold blood."

And though Looney acknowledged that Brutus had the good of the republic in mind, Caesar was nonetheless his superior. "You have to understand," the general said. "Our ethos is to obey the chain of command." (Make sure to catch that famous phrase of Looney's in the above link about how we own Iraq and the Iraqi people and their oil.)

TPM had an interview with Wes Clark about the neo-cons and the Project for the New American, as well as the "raspy smack back" as Josh calls it from the New York Sun.

TPM notes that in his interview with General Wesley Clark, " it showed not only a deep grasp of foreign policy issues but an equally canny sense of the informal and extra-governmental ways policy gets hashed out in Washington. More than anything it signaled an understanding that what we've been seeing for the last two years is part of a much longer history stretching back into the late 1960s."

"The point is that the CPD and PNAC advocacy were both cases in which outside pressure groups --- groups of neoconservatives --- basically B-teamed the given administration, getting around their flank by working congress and the media to force the administration's hand or make certain policy options politically unviable."

Seems there are so many of these threads which we have begun to pull and the invincibility blanket of the GOP is unraveling. See the latest update on Plame/PropaGannon Connect the Dots.

Originally posted to bronte17 on Wed Feb 02, 2005 at 10:10 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  This would seem to fit (none)
    with what Hersh said recently about the military and their opposition to the imperalism of the neo-cons.

    Good catch. Thanks.

    Jaded Reality... I've had enough spin for today thanks...

    by spiderleaf on Wed Feb 02, 2005 at 10:16:46 AM PST

    •  Hersh's words went through my mind... (none)
      When I read this.

      Kos and others are pointing out the consolidation of the GOP power.  These PropaGannons are just the tip of the iceberg...

      Of course, that iceberg could be melting as fast as the Antarctic Peninsula.

      Politics is not about ...predictions. Politics is what we create by what we do, what we hope for, and what we dare to imagine. Paul Wellstone

      by bronte17 on Wed Feb 02, 2005 at 12:10:45 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Quoth the Bard (4.00)
    "And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
    The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
    Win us with honest trifles, to betray's
    In deepest consequence."
    --Banquo in Macbeth
  •  Ah, Ken Adelman (4.00)
    Adelman is also on the board of The Shakespeare Theatre, which as it happens is staging an excellent production of a play about a politically motivated assassination in mid-16th Century Florence (full disclosure - my son has a small part in it).  The play, entitled Lorenzaccio, concerns Lorenzo de Medici, who exploits his close relationship with his cousin, Duke Alessandro de Medici (a tyrannical ruler placed on the throne by the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor) to effect his assassination.  Lorenzo, who considers Brutus a hero worthy of emulation, hopes his act of regicide will embolden the Florentine citizenry to restore the republic that had been taken from them.  Unfortunately, the Florentines do not seize the moment, and have yet another Medici foisted on them as Duke, a young boy named Cosimo meant to be a puppet for the Machiavellian Cardinal Cibo.

    Needless to say, I've been at the theatre many nights recently, but have yet to see Kenny Boy.  Perhaps as this play is not by Shakespeare, he's not much interested in it.  Then again, it has another four plus weeks to run, so I might see him yet.  FWIW, Adelman is also a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, one of the most promiment members of a group called The Baker Street Irregulars.  For those of you who might have read a recent New Yorker article on the suspicious death of another prominent Holmes scholar, there's an anonymous American discussed and interviewed in the story who I'm sure is Adelman.  He does not come off well.  

    Oh, I believe Adelman's wife works at the Hudson Institute, yet one more extreme right-wing think tank.  

    "L'enfer, c'est les autres." - Jean Paul Sartre, Huis Clos

    by JJB on Wed Feb 02, 2005 at 10:52:38 AM PST

  •  Perhaps BushCo (none)
    can mount a production of Hamlet so they can all be dead at the end.

    Whichever way your pleasure tends, if you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind -- R. Hunter

    by Frankenoid on Wed Feb 02, 2005 at 12:25:07 PM PST

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