Director of the Australian War Memorial
The current state of the country and the current state of political and intellectual conversation depresses me in a way that it never has before. You have to understand — I’m never happy with the state of the country — that’s the inevitable fate of holding an ideological position that rarely gets any traction — I’m a classical liberal who’d like government to be dramatically smaller than it is now.
But the world today feels different. Everything feels angrier. . . .Maybe it’s paranoia but it’s been a long time since I felt the thinness of the veneer of civilization and our vulnerability to a sequence of events that might threaten not just the policy positions I might favor but the very existence of the American experiment.
Canberra is on the hunt for an intelligence chief to head up the new Office of National Intelligence. As the person who will get the first call from the Prime Minister, it is a critical new role. What makes a good intelligence czar?