Fleming Rutledge is a preacher and teacher known throughout the US, Canada, and parts of the UK. She is the author of eight books, all from Eerdmans Publishing. Her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, is the product of the work of a lifetime and is being described as a new classic on the subject.
One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, she served for fourteen years on the clergy staff at Grace Church on Lower Broadway at Tenth Street, New York City.
Fleming and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009 and have two daughters and two grandchildren. She is a native of Franklin, Virginia.
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Friday, June 17, 2005An Insider Reports on the Iraq War
An important new book, Squandered Victory, looks like the most informed analysis so far on why the Iraq war is progressing so poorly (can there any longer be any doubt about that?). Leaders of Christian congregations may want to take a look at the reviews, at least. To what degree do the churches continue to be silently complicit in our Administration's policies?
Larry Diamond, a leading American scholar on the subject of democratic movements, was asked by Condoleeza Rice to go to Iraq as an advisor in the autumn of 2003. He went with enthusiasm and came back disillusioned.
Here are the last two paragraphs of Michiko Kakutani's review in today's NYTimes:
When Mr. Diamond returned to the United States in April 2004, he says, he wrote his old friend Ms. Rice a long, confidential memo, recommending that America "disavow any long-term military aspirations in Iraq," establish a target date for the withdrawal of our forces, respond to concerns about Iraqi detainees, proceed vigorously with a plan to disarm and reintegrate Iraqi militias and send "significantly more troops and equipment."
The memo concluded: "If we do not develop soon a coherent counter-insurgency plan combining political and military, Iraqi and international initiatives, we will creep closer and closer to that tipping point, beyond which so many Iraqis sympathize with or join the insurgency that we cannot prevail at any bearable price."
He says he never heard back from Ms. Rice or her principal assistant for Iraq, Robert Blackwill.
Read the rest:
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