Does the Greek letter chi
stand for Chicago?
Writer can’t brook Brooks
It was interesting to learn in the Magazine (“Everybody’s
a Critic,” February/04) that David Brooks, a recent addition
to the New York Times op-ed page, has a U of C degree. Brooks’s
March 27 column makes clear the extent of his dishonesty and lack
Over the last two years various former government employees have
decided they must tell the truth and reveal the lies of George W.
Bush. Orders have immediately gone out from the Bush administration
to punish those who dared to tell the truth. In the case of Joseph
Wilson, who revealed a falsehood about Saddam Hussein’s nuclear
program, the response was to reveal that his wife was an intelligence
agent, thus destroying her career.
Another recent example was Richard Clarke, who made clear that
Bush’s obsession with Iraq diverted attention from actual
terrorists. Out came the orders: denounce Clarke. Even a member
of the Bush cabinet, Colin Powell, while trying to defend Bush,
refused to say anything bad about Clarke, but David Brooks obeyed
the orders of the Bushites to the letter and wrote this scurillous
column denouncing Clarke. This made clear how totally corrupt Brooks
While the University of Chicago is not to blame that David Brooks
emerged devoid of ethics, it might have been more judicious for
the Magazine not to have boasted about the U of C’s
attempt to educate him.
Lincoln Wolfenstein, SB’43, SM’44,
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