But here's what Rep. Hunter has to say:
“By hosting President Ahmadinejad, Columbia University openly insulted the thousands of servicemen and women serving in Iraq, many of whom are direct targets of the munitions that he is sending across the border,” Hunter said. “This insult is compounded by the fact that Columbia University dissolved its Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program and continues to openly protest the presence of military recruiters on campus. It is troubling to see that a university such as Columbia, with a reputation as one of America’s leading universities, is more receptive to America’s adversaries than it is to the military that protects its right to free speech and assembly.”
Hullo, Reppie Hunter? Um. Because Columbia U. allowed Ahmadinejad to speak, we free American citizens got to hear him and take the measure of the man for ourselves. Trust me, he didn't come off that well: he's smug, patronizing, a religious zealot, clearly wears blinders, and is a twister-of-the-truth. It was refreshing to reach this conclusion for myself,say, rather than having to blindly take the present Administration's word for it.
George W. Bush himself had no problems with Ahmadinejad being allowed to speak, nor even being allowed into our country.
A final point, Mr. Representative: You can only be a defender of free speech (as you seem to claim to be) if you are willing to defend the right of someone to say something to which you are vehemently opposed. By suggesting Columbia overstepped by allowing the man a say, you apparently want us to have the freedom to hear only speech that you agree with. So who is really kicking sand in the faces of our soldiers?