Clifford D. May over at FDD
Spinning Harvard: Years ago, I attended the Russian Institute at Columbia University, one of a number of elite schools meant to promote inquiry in regard to America's principal enemy of that era, the Soviet Union.
Imagine if the Russian Institute had been funded with millions of dollars from the Kremlin. Would that not have been an obvious and unacceptable conflict of interest?
Yet that is precisely the situation we are in today. America's principal enemy is the totalitarian ideology of Militant Islamism. And Saudi Arabia, whose state religion/ideology is Militant Islamism (in its Wahhabist variation), has for years been giving millions of dollars to American universities in order to influence scholars -- as well as the government analysts and diplomats they train.
Saudi Arabia's most recent "gift" is $40 million to Harvard and Georgetown.
Recently, there has been a brouhaha in Washington -- and rightfully so -- over revelations that some lobbyists have paid scholars at think tanks to write op-eds. Shouldn't the fortunes going from the Saudis to underwrite dubious scholarship be a much bigger controversy?
Why do you suppose that is not the case?
My question is, when did America's universities become such whores? Where is the higher ground? Where is the moral compass? Dispicable. There should be Rachel Fish training in every one of our middle and high schools.