On “The Colbert Report” Monday night, Stephen Colbert wondered why the Georgetown faculty hangs its head low these days.

After all, in defense of “truthiness,” he reminds viewers that the recent report from the Pentagon’s Inspector General exonerates new Georgetown faculty member Douglas Feith – the former undersecretary of defense for policy who allegedly manipulated the intelligence that led to war – from criminal wrongdoing.

What’s this world coming to when an academic powerhouse like Georgetown is expected to aspire to goals loftier than simply the non-jailable? And why shouldn’t the ivory tower offer Mr. Feith a place to lay his weary head?

N.D. Griffin

Washington, D.C.

Feb. 13, 2007

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