January 15, 2002 - Washington Monthly: Charlie Peters - Tilting at Windmills

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Charlie Peters - Tilting at Windmills

Read and comment on this excerpt from the Washington Monthly column by Charlie Peters (shown in the photo above) on Gaddi Vasquez and his nomination as Peace Corps Director at:

Tilting at Windmills*

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Tilting at Windmills


Charlie Peters, the founder of the prestigious Washington Monthly is one of the nations most respected journalists. Charlie Peters worked at the Peace Corps as a program evaluator under Sargent Shriver and eventually became the head of the evaluator division. His crowning achievement is The Washington Monthly, which he founded after his tenure at the Peace Corps ended. He proclaimed it a "bold new experiment in political journalism" in a 1968 ad heralding it's arrival. The results have made a tremendous impact on the capitol's political and media establishments. Washington Post columnist David Broder says, " I read it, frankly, as a tip sheet about things we ought to be paying attention to, that we haven't done."

Here's what Charlie Peters says about Gaddi Vasquez in this month's column:

Tilting at Gaddi Vasquez

Speaking of the Peace Corps, how could Bush have dared nominate as its new director a man so totally unqualified as Gaddi Vasquez? He has no background in either international or humanitarian efforts, and his experience as a public official consisted of supervising the loss of $1.64 billion in bad investment of the funds of Orange County, California. He did, however, contribute $100,000 to the Republican National Committee for the 2000 election.

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