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Leading from the Center

Lest anyone think complaints about President Obama honoring Mary Robinson with a Medal of Freedom are just a conservative thing, I point out this piece by Gil Troy (yes relation) on the Jerusalem Post website. Gil is my brother, but does not share my political inclinations. He is also a respected academic historian, a self-described “muscular moderate” who wrote a book called Leading from the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents, and is affiliated with the Bipartisan Policy Center. His regular column is even titled “Center Field.”

Gil’s piece lays out the case against Robinson in a clear, concise, and, yes, centrist fashion. As Gil puts it, “At a time when Barack Obama should be honoring Winston Churchills in the fight against anti-Semitism, he has chosen a Neville Chamberlain.” Read the piece to see why the White House really dropped the ball on this one.

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