About the speaker
Dr. Michael Ledeen’s new book, Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), is co-authored with Lt. General Michael T. Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Senator Joseph Lieberman writes, it is a book “worth reading by anyone concerned about the future security of America.”
Dr. Ledeen spent more than 20 years at the American Enterprise Institute and is now the Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is an internationally renowned scholar on Iran, Iraq, terrorism, and international security.
Dr. Ledeen has served as a consultant to the National Security Council and the Defense Department, and as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of State during the Reagan administration. He holds a PhD in modern European history and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rome.
He is the author of more than 35 books, including Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West; The War Against the Terror Masters; The Iranian Time Bomb; and Freedom Betrayed: How America Led a Global Democratic Revolution, Won the Cold War, and Walked Away. Field of Fight was available for purchase and signing.
Before I introduce our speaker, I want to acknowledge the presence of his wife, Barbara Ledeen, in the audience. And I have a special reason for doing that, not only because of her wonderful children, her daughter who served in Afghanistan and Iraq and two marines officers sons, but thanks to her work on Capitol Hill with the Republican Conference Committee. I and some of my colleagues in the Pentagon in the second Bush Administration were able to do things for our country that we would not have been able to do had Barbara Ledeen not been there to get the support for us to do those things. So, I have few occasions in public to acknowledge her and thank her.
Now, Dr. Michael Ledeen, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for many years is a Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and he was for many years at the American Enterprise Institute. He’s a renowned scholar on Iran, Iraq, terrorism, and international security. Dr. Ledeen has served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, the Defense Department, and was a special advisor to the Secretary of State.
During the Reagan Administration, I recall when I first went to the White House to work on the White House Outreach Working Group on Central America, President Reagan had recently liberated Grenada and one of the people assigned to study and analyze the papers that were captured on Grenada by our troops was none other than Dr. Ledeen, so he came to the White House Outreach Working Group in the White House and made a presentation about what he had discovered and the significance of it. There, embedded in my memory forever was a phrase he used, referring to the Cuban construction workers and their automatic, repeating shovels. Remember Mike?
Dr. Ledeen holds a PhD in Modern European History and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin. He’s taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rome where he enjoys the cuisine. He’s the author of more than 35 books, so he is prolific and those include Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West, the War Against the Terror Masters, the Iranian Time Bomb and other works, but what he is here to speak on tonight is the book that just came out a week ago. And I must report an Amazon Prime failure because I ordered a number of copies and sadly got the news earlier this week they couldn’t be here before Wednesday, so I went to Barnes & Noble and bought all of the copies they had there and I see they’ve disappeared from the sales table quickly. I’m sure Dr. Ledeen would be happy to sign those for you after his talk on, “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.” Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ledeen.
Thank you, thank you. Everybody wants to know what it’s like writing a book with a three star general and I wanted to know myself. Flynn is really unusual, I have to say, I did dozens of interviews to get ready to write this with him and I talked to people who worked with him, above him, beneath him, people who liked him, people who despised him, you know, trying to figure out who he was and what he wasn’t. So there’s a whole section of Field of Fight that I call ‘growing up Flynn’ and to me the real, if you want to understand Mike Flynn and who knows what he’s destined for at this point. Trump may win the election. If he wins the election, he may ask General Flynn to do something. General Flynn might say yes. Who knows?