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I reported in late August that hardliner Daniel Pipes was advising Rudy Giuliani’s campaign. Since then, a number of other outlets, including the New York Times last week, have identified Pipes as numbering among Giuliani’s hawkish advisers, along with Norman Podhoretz and Martin Kramer.
Today, Eli Lake has a story in the New York Sun saying that Giuliani’s campaign has told him that it was angered by a “series of inaccurate articles summing up the candidate’s foreign policy brain trust as a collection of particularly hawkish neoconservatives.” Charles Hill, Giuliani’s chief foreign policy adviser, told the Sun that Pipes is not an official adviser, saying, “He is invited to send things to the campaign. We have not announced him, he has no formal role in the advising of the campaign.” Pipes told Lake, “I am not supposed to talk about this. They have not formally announced my name.”
I got the distinct sense from reading Lake’s piece that Giuliani’s campaign is simply seeking some distance, albeit artificial, from its controversial advisors. For example, Podhoretz told the Sun, “I have told a million people that I don’t speak for Giuliani. I express my views mainly through email communications to the foreign policy team. Rudy is free to accept or reject them.” In other words, he advises the campaign.
As to Pipes, I contacted him in late August and asked him if he was advising Giuliani’s campaign, as a source had told me. He denied it and so I left him off my original list of Giuliani advisors. The next day Pipes emailed again to say that he had, just that day, joined the Giuliani campaign, which is when I wrote a follow-up item saying so.
And here’s another curious thing: Just two weeks ago Pipes wrote a blistering attack on Newsweek on his blog, criticizing the magazine (rightly) for running six pictures of Giuliani’s advisors and mislabeling five of them. Pipes called it a “jaw-dropping” mistake that belonged in Guinness World Records. But he never disputed Newsweek’s identification of him as an advisor to Giuliani. Nor did he dispute that in criticizing last week’s “nasty” New York Times story.
So I guess Pipes is officially not an official advisor, or he’s an official unofficial advisor.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”