Leslie Gelb tries to get his hands around Dick Cheney.

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Leslie Gelb on Europe's Decline and Policy Errors

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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This week we have a special foreign affairs edition of the Masters in Business radio podcast, speaking with Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. Gelb also worked for the Defense Department and the New York Times. 

The conversation ranged far and wide, and looked at (among other things) the decline of Europe as a great power and some of the errors he acknowledged making while helping to shape U.S. foreign policy. He said he initially supported both the Vietnam War and the 2003 Iraq invasion. The key difference was he said it took him a decade to see that Vietnam was a mistake, versus three months for Iraq. Gelb was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for covering Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, also known as Star Wars. He also directed the project that created the Pentagon Papers, a Defense Department history of the Vietnam War. 

The full podcast is available on iTunesSoundCloud and on Bloomberg. Earlier podcasts can be found on iTunes and at BloombergView.com.

Next week, we speak with statistics wizard Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com.

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