- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Dogging it

“During the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the late 1990s, Cass R. Sunstein, a law professor at the University of Chicago, appeared on television regularly to argue that impeaching President Bill Clinton was wrong.

“Then he got sick of it. … So after CNN asked him to appear yet again, he said he would agree only on one condition: that his dog join him on the air. …

“The experience, he says, was ‘the highlight of my television career.’ …

“When Mr. Sunstein appeared with his dog on Greta Van Susteren’s ‘Burden of Proof’ in December 1998, he was not trying to be funny. He just wanted a change. He persuaded the network to allow him to do a show on the ‘associated legal issues’ when an airline loses your dog at the airport. Mr. Sunstein recalls that Ms. Van Susteren also brought her German shepherd.”

— Jennifer Jacobson, writing on “Loving the Limelight,” in the April 21 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education

Savage attack

“Scott Savage … by all accounts is a gentlemen in both his personal and professional life as a librarian in Mansfield, Ohio.

“So, why has Scott been accused of sexual harassment at work, and why is his case lighting up the blogosphere?

“You see, Scott works at Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus, where he serves as head of Reference and Instructional Services at the university’s Bromfield Library. Recently, the entire faculty voted — without a single dissenting vote — to investigate Scott for sexual harassment.

“So what was his crime? Did Scott make sexually suggestive comments to a student? Did he grope a co-worker?

“Nope. As a member of OSU Mansfield’s ‘First Year Reading Experience Committee,’ Savage had the nerve to suggest four conservative books as required reading for the school’s freshman class, namely: ‘The Marketing of Evil’ by David Kupelian, ‘The Professors’ by David Horowitz, ‘Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis’ by Bat Ye’or, and ‘It Takes a Family’ by Sen. Rick Santorum.”

— Rebecca Hagelin, writing on “So much for academic freedom,” Tuesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Strategic error?

“One of the goals of the next conservatism should be to restore the American republic rather than continue our march toward empire, with the loss of liberties that inevitably entails. Restoring the republic, in turn, means restoring the grand strategy America followed through most of its history. That grand strategy was defensive, not offensive.

“The Washington Establishment seems to think that wars can be won only by taking the offensive. Over and over, we hear that in the misnamed ‘war on terror,’ America is on the offensive (which guarantees more war). We are all supposed to accept this as something good.

“Clausewitz, the great Prussian military theorist, would disagree. Early in his book ‘On War,’ Clausewitz wrote, ‘Defense is simply the stronger form of war, the one that makes the enemy’s defeat more certain. … We maintain unequivocally that the form of warfare we call defense not only offers greater probability of victory than attack, but that its victories can attain the same proportions and results.’”

— William S. Lind, writing on “The Next Conservatism Grand Strategy,” Tuesday in the Free Congress Commentary at www.freecongress.org

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