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Posted by aogWednesday, 26 September 2007 at 14:37 TrackBack Ping URL

Looks to me like Columbia University President Lee Bollinger has dug himself in to a hole by inviting Ahmadinejad to speak. If he had soft balled, he would have caught a lot of flack even from the moderates, but by roughing up Ahmadinejad, Bollinger has upset the much smaller but far more career relevant Aluminati at Columbia. A very no win situation.

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erp Wednesday, 26 September 2007 at 14:52

May he looked himself in the mirror and didn’t like what he’d become or maybe as Ms Harris pointed out in an earlier post, the left are in a frenzy and aren’t as steadfast as the MAL would like us to believe. Although Columbia aluminati (love the word) would probably be among the last holdouts.

erp Wednesday, 26 September 2007 at 16:11

Correction: First word should be “maybe”

Andrea Harris Wednesday, 26 September 2007 at 17:57

I happen to think that no one came out of this looking like roses. Ahmadwhatever we already knew was a complete jerk, so inviting him here to insult him to his face was merely gilding the lily. But what is worse is we came off (and it will be we, the nation, who are judged in this, not the individual entities at Columbia U) looking like inhospitable insultwads, as well as self-satisfied teenage-brained morons who think it’s real clever to invite someone to your house and then try to humiliate them. Need I say that hospitality to guests is one of the most important things in the Middle East? Not that I care what they think of us, but if we’re going to act like assholes why can’t we at least quit dicking around and declare war on them already? (I’ve been waiting for this since, oh, 1979? Guess I’ll have to wait until our Intellectual Betters run out of spitballs.)

erp Wednesday, 26 September 2007 at 18:20

It was handled about as badly as possible short of gavotting him in the back alley, but even though you’re right that we’ll all come off looking like louts, at least it wasn’t a complete love-in as so many of these UN appearances have been in the past.

Hey Skipper Wednesday, 26 September 2007 at 21:49

Bollinger would have been best served, once he exposed Columbia’s amorality by inviting Awadinnerjacket whilst keeping ROTC off the reservation, by spending ten or so minutes reading, without comment, excerpts from Awadinofajob’s previous utterances.

Andrea Harris Thursday, 27 September 2007 at 06:36

erp: according to Ann Coulter (hardly an unbiased source, this is true), there was plenty of applause for Ahmadinnerjacket, and boos only when he claimed there were no homosexuals in Iran. That’s not much of a silver lining.

erp Thursday, 27 September 2007 at 07:51

Coulter isn’t unbiased and why should she be? Any silver lining is better than none. The audience may have been applauding, but he didn’t get a heroes treatment from the MAL or the dems.

Andrea Harris Tuesday, 02 October 2007 at 09:21

I never said she shouldn’t be; I merely put that in to stave off the inevitable “But she’s partisan AARRGGHHH” that any citing of her seems to invoke.

Re silver lining: I like to see the shiny surface, not to have it merely implied.

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