Dear Secretary Shultz,
On behalf of the staff and Board Members of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA), based here in Washington, D.C., I want to wish you a Happy Birthday on your 100th year of a successful and full life. What a wonderful and purposeful and successful life you have had – and continue to have.
We have been blessed by your membership on PSA’s Board of Advisors. We all recall your PSA-sponsored talk with Congressional staff linking clean energy and national security during a special visit to Washington in 2013. I believe that was your first visit back to The Hill since leaving Washington years earlier. We called that event “A Conversation with George Shultz”. I had the privilege on introducing you and moderating that event. I remember, in response to a question from the audience, you urged ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban treaty (CTBT); we are still not there.
I also remember, as Senator Richard G. Lugar’s foreign policy assistant, your informative testimonies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I especially remember how resolutely you supported and backed the Department’s Foreign Service and Civil Service officials at the time – and how much they welcomed and supported you as the Department’s CEO.
As you may know, PSA continues our efforts to promote a bipartisan, fact-based approach to the conduct of American foreign and national security policy. We have created, arguably, the best Congressional Staff program in the country. Promoting and building a base for bipartisanship in Congress has never been an easy challenge, but by including your name on our letterhead, PSA’s efforts have been infused with visibility, credibility, and significance. PSA deeply appreciates your service on our Board of Advisors and your extraordinary life of service and dedication.
We wish you a Happy Birthday, a wonderful Holiday Season, and healthy New Year.
Andrew K. Semmel
Chair, Board of Directors