Philanthropist/Financier George Soros Critiques US Strategy in War on Terror at Institute Book Talk
Philanthropist and financier George Soros spoke to a full house at a recent book talk held on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus. Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott led the conversation with Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and founder of the Open Society Institute, about his new book, The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror (PublicAffairs, June 2006). Soros shared his perspectives––often critical of the Iraq War and the Bush administration’s strategy in the war on terror.
"I'm struck by the fact that the war on terror has remained the frame by which we shape our policies," said Soros. "The majority of Americans still subscribe to the war on terror, including Democratic party leaders, but that is where we went off the rails. That ['war on terror'] is a false metaphor that led the most powerful nation in the world––when nobody else could endanger its position in the world––to endanger its own position and policies."
Soros also offered his views of the meaning of democracy and predictions for the 2006 congressional elections and the US economy. "America has to engage in a more profound rethinking of our position in the world than we have done so far … One house [of Congress] should be captured by the Democrats — that will lead to more balance, more questioning and different questions being asked, and more discussion in our government. I am engaged in making that happen."