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  •  WTF? (4.00)
    In October 1988, when the Paul Johnson article was written, Crowley was just beginning her junior year (Colgate University, Class of 1990).... Nixon took a fancy to the adoration of a college student and hired her upon graduation.

    She's a 1990 graduate of Colgate, but she calls herself a "foreign policy aide" to Nixon. In what capacity, exactly? She wasn't "hired" until 16 years after his resignation. What "foreign policy" was she dealing with?

    According to her WABC radio bio, she also claims:

    Upon its launch in 1996, Crowley joined the Fox News Channel, where she continues to serve as a political and international affairs analyst. She holds two Masters degrees and a Ph.D. in international affairs from Columbia University. Crowley also worked as a Foreign Policy Assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994.

    I mean, I'm sure it's possible, but how much work do you think she did for Nixon, given that: 1) he hadn't been conducting any foreign policy for 16 years; 2) she was apparently cramming in two Masters degrees and a Ph.D. at Columbia while "working" as a "Foreign Policy Assistant?"

    No wonder she plagiarized. She didn't have time to do any original work.

    •  Anybody check with Columbia? (none)
      Soiunds like this gal is a bit disturbed.
      •  If her (ahem) scholarship is held -- (none)

         -- in as high repute as Condi Rice's, then I'm sure we have some scintillating, in-depth and extremely lucid and valid analyses to look forward to.


        "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." T.J.

        by BenGoshi on Tue Dec 21, 2004 at 07:41:32 AM PST

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      •  Crowley's Dissertation (4.00)
        Luckily my university subscribes to ProQuest Digital Dissertations.  Here's Crowley's:

        'Clearer than truth': Determining and preserving grand strategy. The evolution of American policy toward the People's Republic of China under Truman and Nixon

        AUTHOR  Crowley, Monica Elizabeth
        DEGREE  PhD
        DATE  2000
        PAGES  493
        ADVISER  Betts, Richard

        From the abstract:

        "This dissertation attempts to establish a theoretical bridge between international explanations and domestic political explanations for how and why nations determine, sell, then modify, their core grand strategies. It is a two-level approach to explain why leaders manipulate low-level conflicts to mobilize popular support for expensive, long-term security strategies, and then once the grand strategy is established and the mobilization underway, how and why leaders adapt policies that support it. The interaction between international circumstances and domestic politics is crucial to determining how and why leaders manipulate conflict and ideology—either by stressing or de-stressing them—in order to mobilize support at home for the grand strategy or to preserve that support when it appears threatened. The evolution of U.S. policy toward the PRC during the Truman and Nixon administrations offers insight."

        Looks legit -- though who knows how much plagiarism might be in there.  You can order it through UMI/ProQuest.

        BTW, it's hard for me (an aspiring academic) to imagine writing a diss while simultaneously working for Richard Nixon and Fox News.  Not just the oily side gigs (OK, cheap shot), but the wild amount of work that'd be required.

        •  Looks legit? Looks SCARY! (4.00)
          The title, Clearer Than Truth, implies deception. As do these lines:
          • and why nations determine, sell, then modify, their core grand strategies...
          • ...why leaders manipulate low-level conflicts to mobilize popular support for expensive, long-term security strategies...
          • how and why leaders adapt policies that support it
          • and why leaders manipulate conflict and order to mobilize support at home...
          Its all about constructing versions of the truth to influence behavoir.

          Clearer Than Truth = Spin.

          Composing The News While The Media Is Decomposing -

          by KingOneEye on Tue Dec 21, 2004 at 08:31:12 AM PST

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          •  Deception: What better doctoral thesis theme (none)
            for a career first at Fox, then GEMSNBC? With creds like those, Crawley is a sho-in for future WH Press Secretary, and will no doubt end up as a repubican senatwhore.

            Mentor/example/precedent: Kay Bailey Hutchinson TX

          •  Holy "Truth":This is what BUSH is doing! (none)
            This is how he got us into IRAQ for cryin' out loud!

            Fuzzy only works for pets.

            by NotFuzzy on Tue Dec 21, 2004 at 09:01:28 AM PST

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          •  Isn't it creepy (4.00)
            that this is what the authoritarian wing has taken away from postmodern studies?  

            "Meaning is all constructed?  Well, hell, let's construct us some!"

            The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. Plutarch

            by Helena Handbag on Tue Dec 21, 2004 at 09:16:09 AM PST

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            •  PoMo (4.00)
              Bleeping exactly.  I thought extreme relativism was one of the left's (indeed, one of humanity's) intellectually weakest ideas in the 90s -- in the present decade it's being used to harm America (i.e. it's being used by the Bush administration).  There was what looked like a big upside at the beginning -- e.g. the use of relativism to promote tolerance for other cultures -- but it's devolved into a much bigger downside, bringing us not only the Bush admin thugs but also the SCLM, which has done so much harm to us in the last four years.
          •  Crowley Intro (none)
            I skimmed the intro -- seemed legitimately academic (which is what I meant by "legit"; some people were raising doubts about whether or not she had a PhD), but had perceptible Machiavellian overtones.
        •  Selected Papers (none)
          Here's a group of selected papers from her advisor.  And here's an image of the social network derived from his name and his associates.  He appears to be from the old school GOP.  Interestingly one of his most recent papers covers how countries can use their intelligence assets to avoid getting fooled.  
      •  Well, Nixon once said (none)
        to Pat Buchanan that Crowley was "more conservative than [he]."

        Now that's disturbed.  ;-)

        Well, here we are in mid-stream, still staring at that same horse's ass!

        by rhubarb on Tue Dec 21, 2004 at 08:28:36 AM PST

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      •  Columbia (none)
        She definitely was a PhD student at Columbia, but I thought she dropped out before completing her doctorate. I'll check.
    •  asdf (4.00)
      I've read Nixon in Winter and Nixon off the Record and it seems she was hired as a research assistant in foreign policy, and was tacitly drafted as his amanuensis, and kept pretty busy.  Nixon apparently employed her on trips abroad as an assistant, had her over to the house in the same capacity, and even cadged rides home from her--most memorably on the eve of Pat Nixon's death.

      I would not doubt that having been Nixon's Girl Friday greatly eased the way to her advanced degrees.

      Well, here we are in mid-stream, still staring at that same horse's ass!

      by rhubarb on Tue Dec 21, 2004 at 08:16:56 AM PST

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