March 29, 2010
Posted: 02:07 PM ET
NOTE: DAVID FRUM WILL BE OUR GUEST ON LKL TONIGHT AND WILL DISCUSS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, HIS DISMISSAL FROM AEI, WHICH IS THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH, FOLLOWING HIS CRITICISM OF GOP HEALTH CARE STRATEGY.
After my dismissal from AEI Thursday, I posted in this space my letter of resignation. I declined television interviews, but I did speak to print journalists about the basic facts, in a way that expressed respect for AEI and its leadership.
I spent most of today flying from Washington to San Francisco and emerged from the plane to a fierce counter-attack, including an especially unpleasant piece from Charles Murray.
Let me respond here to some specific issues in this matter.
1) Was the firing political? Obviously I cannot enter into people’s minds, and at my termination lunch AEI President Arthur Brooks insisted that politics had nothing to do with the decision. So let’s just follow the time line. Waterloo piece is posted Sunday March 22. Wall Street Journal editorial denouncing me appears March 23. Summons to lunch arrives mid-morning of March 23. At lunch I am told that AEI wishes to terminate my salary, office, benefits, and research assistance. I am however at liberty to continue to consider myself part of the AEI family. I declined that offer and wrote a letter of resignation.
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