Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Eliot Cohen, Confused Again

Without Reservation
A biweekly column by Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D., Lt. Col. USAF (ret.)
posted 24 May 05
Eliot Cohen, Confused Again
Military Week
In the May 13th Wall Street Journal op-ed, Eliot Cohen shares his dismay that Columbia University has joined a long list of colleges and universities that will no longer host the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) on their campuses.
Serving as Director for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Paul Wolfowitz's old haunt, Cohen is also a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and is a reliable academic voice of support for the undeniably costly, generally counterproductive and often strange Bush foreign policy.
Cohen exhibits a certain intellectualized belligerence toward the rest of the world, a trait he shares with another Bushian character, John Bolton.
Cohen's current belligerence is directed against "the churlishness of Columbia's decision" and the university's disdain, one is to presume, for the military.
Professor Cohen is particularly worried that ROTC is not well-represented on elite campuses like Columbia. He reminds Columbia and other elite schools that they may be subject to the Solomon Amendment of 1996. This law allows the Secretary of Defense to deny federal funding from universities that do not allow ROTC or military recruiting on their campuses....