Does anyone else find this whole thing just a bit weird? Maybe it is the conspiracy theorist in me, but I don’t remember voting ANY of the Iraq Study Group into office, so why should they be directing public and international policy? In a time when our freedoms and the constitution are increasingly being challenged, it seems a scary precedent to me.
I am not naive enough to think that there is no precedent for “think tanks.” I know all about the Brookings Institute, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, the Cato Institute, and the dozens of others. What is odd is the degree to which this group has been given a public platform. Have you ever seen a report from the Cato Institute preempt television and given live coverage?
I am not sure yet what the implications of this who’s who of former policy and lawmakers really are… I just know that it doesn’t jibe with history nor my understanding of a representative republic.