Peter Galbraith joined us to discuss the Afghanistan conflict as we edge closer to leaving the country. After ten years, Americans are wearying of the war and its ongoing casualties. But with the complications of extricating ourselves from this challenging arena, the complicated relationship with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai and an aggressive Taliban looking for restoration to power, is there an American victory here?
We were thrilled to present a special “Elections Panel 2012” with three of the best experts on election strategy. The Common Good presented a powerful bipartisan trio – Ken Mehlman, the brilliant former Chair of the Republican National Committee, Robert Shrum, the amazingly clever Democratic political strategist and messaging expert, and Richard Wolffe, author and journalist, known as a keen observer of the American political scene.
The sponsors and their guests met Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for breakfast as a continuation of our Leadership Series. Senator McCaskill has worked to investigate contracting abuses in government spending in the war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan and throughout the Federal government. Claire currently sits on four Senate Committees, including Armed Services, Commerce, HSGAC and Aging.