Howler of the Month (archive)
"The killing of General Soleimani was not the killing just of a bad guy. It was an assassination ... We have a rogue government. It's a government we cannot trust with our security or our lives, and the way forward with Iran is the way of peace, not a war."
Juan Cole, University of Michigan history professor, on the US air strike against Iranian general and arch-terrorist Qasem Soleimani after he orchestrated an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq that resulted in the death of an American contractor; The Michigan Daily, January 8, 2020. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"[T]he particular funding program at issue provides funding for Mideast studies to promote knowledge of the Middle East to serve U.S. foreign policy objectives. As a result of this mandate, the relevant funding law requires universities to pledge that their programs will be balanced. In other words, monitoring balance is not some bizarre or aggressive anti-academic freedom initiative, but just enforcing the law, –a law, admittedly, that previous administrations failed to enforce."
David Bernstein, a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, responding to criticism of President Trump's executive order that could impact Title VI funding for Middle East studies programs; Reason Magazine, December 12, 2019. (link to source)
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