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Newsweek: Lee Hamilton '52 is "Democrats' Mr. Integrity"

Newsweek: Lee Hamilton '52 is "Democrats' Mr. Integrity"

March 26, 2006

lee hamilton color.jpgMarch 26, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Writing on Newsweek.com of the new Iraq Study Group commissioned by Congress and co-chaired by former cabinet member James A. Baker III, Eleanor Clift notes, "Co-chairing with Baker is the Democrats' Mr. Integrity, former Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton, who is fresh from co-chairing the 9/11 commission." Hamilton, a 1952 graduate of DePauw, is currently the director of both the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and The Center on Congress at Indiana University. He retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999.

Clift continues, "Among the other luminaries (on the new commission) are former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and the Clinton's confidant -- superlawyer Vernon Jordan," a 1957 DePauw graduate. Her column quotes an unnamed "foreign-policy specialist who helped shape the idea" of the panel as saying, "They're going to go everywhere and look at this thing and come up with something, and the president will pay attention."

Access the complete essay by clicking here. Read more about the Iraq Study Group in this previous story.