On February 15, at a Town Hall meeting, supposedly devoted to the issue of ROTC, an Iraq war veteran, having been wounded 11 times, and awarded the Purple Heart was treated with condemnation and the most disgusting behavior by many who attended. Anthony Maschek, wheelchair-bound as a result of wounds sustained in combat in the defense of this country, was abused BY THE WORST OF THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE HE REPRESENTED THE BEST OF THIS COUNTRY. This was purportedly a hearing regarding ROTC which has been absent from Columbia University for 42 years, that turned into a display of disregard for our fighting men, our military in general, a decorated war hero and the United States of America. To date I have heard no comment from anyone of substance from Columbia, the place of education Obama was supposed to have spent time, despite the fact that no one has come forth to vouch for that fact. What a surprise considering what has transpired.
I would think that any members of the alumni, who have served in the military, or in government service, or are human beings with feelings, who feel that Columbia University has done a disservice to this country, by in whatever way dishonoring this man who served with distinction, should seriously consider any further contributions to its alumni fund if the Deans do not condemn actions taken by some of its students and offer more than just an apology to Mr. Maschek and the FLAG HE DEFENDED and our country that thousands of men and women continue to defend with their lives. This is no longer the distinguished place of higher education once led by Dwight David Eisenhower who would, no doubt be repulsed by the behavior exhibited on this campus. Perhaps someone like Hiraldo Rivera might consider a program reviewing just who now makes up the student body, who makes up the array of teachers, and what exactly is the mission of what was once a revered place of higher learning.