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Dr. Ullman on crisis in governance

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyDr. Harlan Ullman

Dr. Harlan Ullman claims America’s process of government is broken. He sets forth very bold, provocative, and challenging arguments for why this is so, and also presents big ideas and solutions of how to fix it.

On Thursday, the Vail Symposium will host an engaging evening with Dr. Ullman at the Sonnenalp Resort in Vail from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Cost is free, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Ullman’s book, “America’s Promise Restored; Preventing Culture, Crusade, and Partisanship form Wrecking Our Nation,” will be available for purchase and signing from Verbatim Booksellers.

Dr. Ullman believes American government is dysfunctional and broken. In his list of symptoms are the Katrina disaster, the Dubai World Port fiasco and Iraq (which he calls the worst geostrategic blunder since the end of World War II), as well as immigration, soaring debts and deficits, and extraordinary expenses for retirement plans, health care and energy, to name a few. The challenges facing our country both at home and abroad are nothing less than daunting.

Ullman asserts that excesses of culture, crusade and partisanship, have corrupted and deteriorated all things “politics” in America. He believes ours is an “antique” form of government, misguided by self-interest and in desperate need of restoration.

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In his book, “America’s Promise Restored,” Ullman suggests several broad remedies to correct government ills, especially returning accountability. Among them, are: implementing a mandatory universal system of voting; introducing of a Sarbanes-Oxley type of law to Congress; developing a Code of Conduct for the global war on terror; and creating a National Security University open to all appropriate agencies of government to focus on a framework of “peace, partnership, and prosperity.”

Ullman’s areas of expertise include national security and foreign policy. He is a senior advisor with the Center for Strategic and Inernational Studies (CSIS) and the Atlantic Council and senior fellow at the CNA Corporation. He is also a columnist for the Washington Times, a frequent commentator in media, and has authored several influential books on military and geo-political topics (introduced and praised by John Kerry, Newt Gringich, and Senator McCain among others). Ullman has been an academic, businessman, and adviser to government officials, as well as the private sector.

Notably, Ullman is the principal author of the “shock and awe” doctrine adopted by the Pentagon. However, this was “substantially different than that which was advertised in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” he notes.

Ullman will discuss those issues raised in his book “America’s Promise Restored.”

Ullman asks Americans to recall a passage from the Declaration of Independence, which says it is the right of the people to alter or abolish and institute new Government if existing Government becomes destructive, no longer representing the will of the governed. “The cry is not for revolution but for restoration of our promise,” Ullman said. “The question is whether the spirit that motivated our forefathers exists today.”

Contact the Vail Symposium to reserve your space at http://www.vailsymposium.org or (970) 476-0954.

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