American Ceasar

Re: American Caesar: Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned
by Rosa Brooks
L.A. Times commentary September3, 2005,0,7334703.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

Who is Rosa Brooks?

Rosa Brooks' "American Caesar," comparing President Bush and the hurricane disaster in New Orleans to Emperor Nero's burning of Rome, is undoubtedly one of the most shallow commentaries the L.A. Times has recently published.

After reading Rosa Brooks' commentary in the Times over the past few months, without op-ed editors having the courtesy to identify her, I Googled the writer and found out for myself. Who is Rosa Brooks?

It came as no surprise to learn that Brooks, currently an associate professor of law at the University of Virginia Law School, is a radical liberal educated at Harvard, Oxford and Yale, who worked in the U.S. Department of State as a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor during the Clinton administration, and who maintains active leadership roles with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Society of International Law.

That answers the question, along with why the Times frequently includes Brooks as a designated Bush hater and attacker of conservatives.

Daniel B. Jeffs, founder