Lee Bollinger: A Fool from Michigan Who has bit off more than he can chew

Lee Bollinger, Columbia University's President, is completely out of line, and should be fired by the University's Board immediately.

First, let me say that I found this article in Friday's Wall Street Journal to be completely on point. Unfortunately, the end is too deferential to Bollinger.

As an alumni of Columbia University, I can say that I have known for some time that Lee Bollinger, the University's President since 2002, craves attention. The alumni magazine is always filled with pictures of the guy in places where he clearly doesn't belong - next to Nobel prize winners or G8 leaders.

It is also clear that Bollinger craves being in the center of controversy - from his earlier efforts to block the ROTC from returning to Columbia to his decision to let Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak at Columbia tomorrow (which apparently follows a similar decision last year).

What is clear is that Bollinger has clearly gone to far to pursue his own desire to be in the middle of everything, and tomorrow he is going to allow one of the world's leading universities to become to pulpit for one of the history's craziest and most dangerous zealots.

Ahmadinejad is coming to the US to push his own agenda and part of his own agenda is to come across as human in the West and to come across as accepted. His primary goal is to be perceived to be engaged in a discussion with the mainstream. He perceives, probably correctly, that by doing such, he will increase his power in Iran (ironically, in repressing the free speech in universities that Bollinger claims to hold so dear) and his influence among all of the nutty folks outside of Iran who that the entire history of the modern world is a CIA and Israeli conspiracy.

Iran's President has tried this twice before and been rebuffed twice. Tomorrow, at Columbia he will be successfuul just by virtue of being given a stage. I am afraid that I don't see any way in which tomorrow's speak at Columbia is possibly going to work to Ahmadinejad's disadvantage.

As Ahmadinejad score s victory tomorrow, Bollinger needs to be handed a defeat. He needs to be removed by the University's Board at once. Columbia deserves better than this.

The government's policy, and its treaties with the UN allowing Iranian leadership 25 miles of free passage from Columbus Circle need to be changed at once (or the UN needs to moved to Iowa if we insist that it be in the US). This will make sure that fool's like Bollinger cannot ever hand the craziest man in the world what they want again.

Marsha Walsh
Marsha Walsh: Marsha Walsh is a 2009 graduate of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

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  • TheodoreMC

    September 24, 2007

    An important point, and one which you fail to mention, is that we are already at war with this guy in Iraq. He is killing our troops there left and right. I am glad that Pelley asked him about that tonight, but felt that he should have really grilled him.

  • Rebecca Stevens

    September 24, 2007

    This guy is evil personified. Jimmy Carter wouldn't welcome him, and that should be the minimum standard applied. Columbia falls below the minimum standard.

  • fortywater

    September 24, 2007

    Why is this posted on this site? I know it appeared in the WSJ, but what does this have to do with finance? I enjoy this site, but if personal political tirades is the direction it's going, count me out.

  • Harvey

    September 24, 2007

    Sorry, this has no place on a site like this. I think phrases like "dirty middle eastern money" are ridiculous. I came here to get some good financial information not engage is sophomoric name calling on an issue that is off topic.

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