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May 12, 2010

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Bolton Headliner at Chicago Event on Defense, Terrorism

Chicago, May 12, 2010 John R. Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will warn of repercussions for American sovereignty under the “first post-American president” in a speech Tuesday, May 18, at an event organized by Chicago supporters of The Heritage Foundation.

Bolton will give the keynote address during a luncheon scheduled for noon at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Dr.

At 10, a panel featuring two national security experts from Heritage, former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) and Charles “Cully” Stimson, will tackle a provocative question: “Lawyers, Terrorists and the Common Defense: Has the Obama Administration Signaled Surrender to America’s Enemies?”

Sponsoring the event is the Chicago Committee for Heritage, a group of civic and business leaders dedicated to spreading awareness of the leading Washington think tank’s conservative policy solutions. More than 12,000 of Heritage’s 650,000 members reside in greater Chicago.

The Bolton speech and panel discussion are part of Heritage’s second annual Protect America Month, with programs and other activities spotlighting the research institute’s call for increased defense spending and improved military readiness.

The title of Bolton’s speech, “The First Post-American President and American Sovereignty,” includes a phrase the plainspoken career diplomat coined in an essay for the British magazine Standpoint. He returned to the idea in remarks at the February gathering of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) in Washington, asserting President Obama doesn’t “believe in the concept of American exceptionalism.”

“There needs to be a wide-ranging discussion on the lack of effectiveness of the United Nations in dealing with international challenges,” Bolton said in a May 4 interview on Israel’s Army Radio. “In its history, it has failed time after time to deal with global threats. This happened with communism and today it is happening with worldwide terror.”

The May 18 event is the first for the Chicago group under new Chairman Vince Kolber, a railroad and aviation equipment entrepreneur who founded RESIDCO in 1982. Last month, Kolber assumed the chairmanship from philanthropist Stephen Barney, who had led the committee since 2008.

Bolton , now a senior fellow in foreign and national security policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, served as UN ambassador and as State Department undersecretary for arms control and international security in the administration of President George W. Bush. In 2001, Bolton left a senior vice presidency at AEI to take the post at State. He previously served there as assistant secretary for international organization affairs under Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush. A lawyer, Bolton also was an assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration.

Talent , a distinguished fellow at Heritage, specializes in military readiness. During 12 years in Congress, he served on both the Senate Armed Services Committee and its counterpart in the House of Representatives. Six months ago, Congress appointed the former senator from Missouri to a new panel on alternate defense strategies. He also is co-chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism.

Stimson , a senior legal fellow in Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, is an expert in military law, military commissions and detention policy. He previously served as the Pentagon official responsible for advising top Defense Department officials on global detainee issues during the War on Terror.

Tickets are $30 for Heritage members, $60 for non-members and $20 for students. Online registration is at For details, call Dria Graham at (202) 608-1524 or e-mail

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