Jim Inhofe Interview
On the night before CPAC, Senator James M. Inhofe’s staff reached out to me to see if I would be interested in interviewing him. I was, indeed, but Inhofe never made it to CPAC Thursday because of a series of unscheduled votes, so it became an email exchange instead.
Because Inhofe is the second ranking Republican on Armed Services Committee and is a former chairman of (and now ranking Republican on) the Environment and Public Works Committee, I decided to focus on issues of interest to the New Atlanticist audience: Israel, Gauntanamo, NATO, energy, and climate. The result is “5 Questions for Jim Inhofe.”
Inhofe’s prominence and issue stances illustrate a recurring theme of mine on transatlantic relations: We simply have very different views of the world. To be sure, we have a common heritage and substantial overlapping values and interests. But how do you come to agreement on, say, the Kyoto accords when a substantial number of prominent American leaders doubt the science behind global warming?