Commentary Magazine

Job Talk

To the Editor:

In his fair-minded and insightful (and therefore personally gratifying) review of my book The Case for Goliath: How America Acts as the World’s Government in the 21st Century [March], Gary Rosen writes that I “failed to win a big job in the Clinton administration in 1992.” For the record, in January 1993, I was offered the position of director of policy planning at the Department of State, which I declined.

Michael Mandelbaum

Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies

Johns Hopkins University

Washington, D.C.


Gary Rosen writes:

My thanks to Michael Mandelbaum for the clarification. I should have written that he “failed to take a big job in the Clinton administration.” But my basic point remains: even at that early stage, it was evident to Mr. Mandelbaum that his brand of realism was not a comfortable fit for the Clinton foreign-policy team.

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