BY BOB HOLT
Back in February at a Rutgers New Brunswick faculty meeting, chemistry professor Robert Boikess proposed a resolution to rescind the school’s invitation to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to speak at the school’s commencement.
Rice stepped down from her position after a series of protests, and Republican political strategist Karl Rove blamed Boikess and the protesters.
According to CNN, Rutgers professors commented on Rice’s involvement in the Iraq war in a letter: "Rice signed off to give the CIA authority to conduct their torture tactics for gathering information from detainees.” A Senate intelligence report said that as National Security Adviser in 2009, Rice approved waterboarding in questioning.
Rove called the accusations "politically motivated, politically aimed, ideologically driven and stupid," according to Newsmax, and said it was “factually inaccurate that waterboarding was torture. Rove criticized "the little totalitarians on the left," and said removing Rice was “political correctness gone nuts.”