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American Enterprise Institute: Safe house for Bush alumni

By Laurie Bennett

January 3, 2012 at 7:39am

The Cheneys can always count on a warm welcome at the American Enterprise Institute.

The conservative think tank has long channeled people and policy to Republican administrations, serving as a landing pad for administration higher-ups before and after their time in Washington.

Dick Cheney was a fellow at AEI before becoming vice president. He now serves as a trustee.

Lynne Cheney
Lynne Cheney

His wife, Lynne Cheney, is a resident scholar, working on her 15th book, a biography of James Madison.

Plenty of colleagues from the George W. Bush years are also there.

The Muckety map above shows some of them, in the inner circle. The outer circle features some of the conservative foundations that have funded the institute.

In addition to the Cheneys, alumni of the Bush years now working with the AEI include:

· Marilyn Ware, former ambassador to Finland, now an institute trustee.

· John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations, now a senior fellow.

· Frederick W. Kagan, who advised Bush and Cheney on the military surge strategy in Iraq, resident scholar. Other resident scholars include Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz, former deputy secretary of defense and World Bank president.

· R. Glenn Hubbard, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors during George W. Bush’s first term, is a visiting scholar.

· Roger F. Noriega, former assistant secretary of state and U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States, is a fellow.

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