Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Update: Harvard Running from Its Own Dean’s Report

It was only a few days ago that Harvard University released a report about the “Israel Lobby,” co-authored by the Dean of Academics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government no less, Mr. Stephen M. Walt. The report carried the full weight and authority of the prestigious academic institution under its official logo, and published on a Harvard addressed web site.

What a difference a few days make. In less than 24 hours the paper was publicly endorsed by David Duke, the KKK and just about every other racist and Islamic extremist group on the planet, causing great embarrassment to the institutions in question. Additionally, more serious academics across the country lost no time picking it apart and easily destroying the basic premise upon which the entire report rests, exposing the authors as bumbling bigots. Undoubtedly, the authors will blame all this on scheming Jews and the hidden powers of the "Israel Lobby."

In a minor Neocon scoop; we observe that Harvard has instructed the Dean of their own School of Government to remove the Harvard logo from atop the report, and place the following disclaimer:

“The two authors of this Working Paper are solely responsible for the views expressed in it. As academic institutions, Harvard University and the University of Chicago do not take positions on the scholarship of individual faculty, and this article should not be interpreted or portrayed as reflecting the official position of either institution.”

WOW! Harvard basically announces that the Dean of its own School of Government is an idiot and that they want nothing to do with his writings. If I were Stephen Walt I would resign in shame and move to Idaho. It's nice up there

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