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  •  What's the feeling at Princeton? (2+ / 0-)
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    Read stuff in my PAW about his making overtures to the University about being interested in the job. Conclusion, IIRC, was that he wasn't academic enough. Certainly won't succeed Shirley now.

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      Politics Department who said that general consensus in the faculty was that Patraeus was practically a "war criminal" and was not the type of person who could reasonably run one of the major universities in the country.  The top down style of military leadership just does not auger well in the modern university setting.  That was just the opinion of a few of the people that I talked to there.  

      Ike at Columbia was one thing.  It was a different era and Ike was an almost universally beloved war hero, but even then, the Presidency of Columbia was really not a good fit for either Eisenhower or Columbia.  When Ike moved on to go to head NATO, I think everyone was somewhat relieved.  

      General Patraeus, on the other hand, is not universally beloved (except by Andrea Mitchell, apparently) and is relatively unknown to both Princeton and the American people.  The idea of him being president of a major Ivy is a pipe dream of Fox News, a crowd that has very little familiarity of Ivy Universities and much less familiarity with higher education in general.

      Perhaps the General would be acceptable at VMI or the Citadel, but I think that fucking your subordinates may be a violation of the Honor Code at those places.  I guess if he fell on his knees in front of Jesus, that Liberty University or Bob Jones would have him, but even then .........  

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:24:04 PM PST

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