Jim Schutze is the editor and columnist of Dallas’ main “alternative” weekly. In general I find his columns alternatively hilarious, maddening, insightful, and arrogant. This one is superb — he has a real feel for how universities work, and for the gravity of the issues surrounding the Bush Institute. His conclusion that the Bush Institute may become “the emblem of SMU and of this city,” and his reasons why this may be deeply problematic, are terrifically well-put.
W. and Us
February 8, 2007
If we had the equivalent of a national sport just for Dallas, it would be “Tip-toe ‘Round the Elephant.” I do get why everybody debating the Bush library at SMU does it. The people against the library don’t want to get drawn off their base into an argument they can’t win. The people in favor of the library think the elephant is either a planter or a very large suitcase.
But it’s an elephant. The Iraq war.