- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Ivy leaguer

On the heels of former Afghan Taliban ambassador-at-large Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi enrolling as a special student at Yale University, the conservative Young America’s Foundation (YAF) has created a mock Yale application tailored to the terrorist community.

Among other places, the applications will be sent for distribution (count on it) to Yale and the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“Critics [of the U.S.-led war against terrorism] say it’s better to educate terrorists than fight them, so now they have their chance to act,” foundation spokesman Jason Mattera told Inside the Beltway yesterday.

Part of the application reads: “Are you a terrorist currently looking for an Ivy League education? If you are, there’s no need to search any further. It’s unfair to devoted jihadists everywhere that Rahmatullah Hashemi, the Taliban’s former deputy foreign secretary, was the only terrorist apologist admitted into a Yale classroom.”

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who heads the Judiciary immigration, border security and citizenship subcommittee, still awaits an explanation from the Department of Homeland Security on how Mr. Hashemi not only gained entry into the Ivy League, but the United States. Indeed, Mr. Hashemi himself told the New York Times: “I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay.”

We might recall the last time we wrote about Yale, only to receive a letter from former President George Bush that read: “I love Yale but they sometimes … seemed to try to jump out ahead of the radicals, totally turning off a lot of loyal alumni like me in the process.”

Hillary’s history

Next time you bump into Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, ask her for her autograph. It could make you rich one day.

Consider the Sept. 14, 1992, issue of Time, headlined “The Hillary Factor.” With Mrs. Clinton’s signature on the magazine cover, it’s said to be worth $1,999.

Then there’s a letter typed on White House stationery dated Aug. 31, 2000, addressed to artistic director Frankie Hewitt of Ford’s Theatre in Washington. Complete with typo, it’s valued at $1,299 on EBay.

“I am glad you understand that is it [sic] because of the APEC [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation] convention that we are unable to participate in the Ford’s Theatre gala in November,” reads the letter. “Each year, the president and I have looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed this splendid event and were honored to host the receptions at the White House.”

(Mrs. Hewitt, the unidentified seller notes, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Bush on Feb. 27, 2003, one day before she died.)

But our favorite item of Hillary history is the typed quotation that she signed “Hillary R Cl” — excerpted from Mrs. Clinton’s best-selling book, “Living History.” It reads: “My husband may have his faults, but he has never lied to me.”

Or so she thought.

In her memoir, Mrs. Clinton recalls the morning that President Clinton finally fessed up to his extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky:

“Early the next morning, Saturday, August 15, [1998], Bill woke me up just as he had done months before. This time he didn’t sit by the bed, but paced back and forth. He told me for the first time that the situation was much more serious than he had previously acknowledged. He now realized he would have to testify that there had been an inappropriate intimacy

“I could hardly breathe,” Mrs. Clinton recalled. “Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling at him, ‘What do you mean? What are you saying? Why did you lie to me?’”

Asking price for this sad chapter of U.S. history: $1,999.

Frisky sort

Ronald Reagan aide-turned-public relations mogul Peter Hannaford tells Inside the Beltway he’s just returned from California, where he spotted the following campaign sign on Highway 101 in Mendocino County: JOHN PINCHES for Supervisor, 5th District.

Some guys will do anything for a vote.

The other George

Perhaps George Mason will finally get his due now that the Northern Virginia university named in his honor has advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Mason, for those who never discovered him in their history books, was among the leading citizens of Alexandria, his home at nearby Gunston Hall.

He is most famous, obviously, for authoring the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, but only after helping to shape the Fairfax Resolves — the opposition to British policies passed at the Alexandria Courthouse on July 18, 1774, during a meeting chaired by George Washington, no less.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslinwashingtontimes.com.

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