The Iraq Question with discussants Lee Hamilton, Dianne Feinstein and Gen. Jack Keane speaking at the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival. Andrea Mitchell moderates the discussion.
Some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world all gathered in a single place - to teach, speak, lead, question, and answer at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival. Throughout the week, they all interacted with an audience of thoughtful people who stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein is the senior U.S. Senator from California and a member of the Democratic Party. Feinstein was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, was re-elected in 1994, 2000 and in 2006 for a term ending in January 2013. She also served as 38th Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.
Feinstein was the first female President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, San Francisco's first (and, so far, only) female mayor, the first woman to serve in the Senate from California, and the first woman to chair the Senate Rules Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee. Feinstein is also the first woman to have presided over a U.S. presidential inauguration.
Lee Hamilton is president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He co-chaired the Iraq Study Group, served as vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission, and co-chaired the 9/11 Public Discourse Project. He is a co-author of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. He represented Indianaâ€™s 9th congressional district for 34 years and served on many House committees and subcommittees, including foreign affairs, Europe and the Middle East, and intelligence. He is currently a member of the presidentâ€™s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and Homeland Security Advisory Council, the FBI directorâ€™s Advisory Board, the CIA directorâ€™s Economic Intelligence Advisory Panel, and the Defense Secretaryâ€™s National Security Study Group.
General Jack Keane
Gen. Jack Keane, ret. is senior managing director and co-founder of Keane Advisors, LLC, a private equity firm. General Keane has been elected to the board of directors of Metlife and General Dynamics. He is also a member of the Secretary of Defense's Policy Board, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a director and member of numerous nonprofit organizations. Gen. Keane, a retired four-star general, completed 37 years in public service in December 2003, culminating as acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army. Still active in national security, Gen. Keane conducted multiple assessments of the security situation in Iraq for senior defense officials to include two visits in the last four months.
Based in Washington, D.C., “Andrea Mitchell Reports” premiered in 2008. Mitchell is also the NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and regularly appears on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”, “Today”, and “Meet the Press.” The program includes in-depth interviews with DC and world newsmakers and covers many international news topics as well.