(New York Post) -- Cooking up a scheme with Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon on a 2008 episode of “30 Rock,” Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy says, “We might not be the best people.” She chimes, “But we’re not the worst.” Then both of them say, in tandem, “Graduate students are the worst.”
Graduate students develop, or metastasize, into college professors — the kinds of college professors who, at Northwestern University, more or less quashed the appointment of a retired three-star Army general for being too American, or something.
Gen. Karl Eikenberry was tapped by the university to lead its new Buffett Institute for Global Studies, a position he seemed easily to have earned by having actual knowledge of the globe.
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Eikenberry was ambassador to Afghanistan. He was deputy chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels. He has lived in Hong Kong, China and South Korea, and taught in Rwanda.