Circa 1996

In the late 90’s I spent a couple of years with a group of young people in Chicago. Fast-forward to today. I was listening to the news, on the television in the background, and when I looked up, I saw his name on the screen and then his face. It was one of the young people from that group. He was responsible for devising and coordinating U.S. national security policy, with a particular emphasis on Iran’s nuclear and regional activities, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syria, and security cooperation in the broader Middle East. When I looked him up, I read that he also served as special assistant to Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. He was a genius in high school with an affinity for Israel, so I’m not taking any credit for his career, but it was a fun surprise to see him on TV. That’s all.