from alumni about Anne-Marie Slaughter 80, dean of the Woodrow
May 2, 2003
Anne-Marie Slaughter '80 is quoted in "Princeton
Experts Examine War in Iraq" (Princeton with one Accord, spring 2003)
telling a student-filled Dodds Auditorium, "Whether you think it's
right or not, no one can want war."
Was this an exhortation or an aspiration? It seems too
simple to dismiss the likelihood that people could want war, given a lengthy
human history of war (a history extending back at least 60 million years
to even include our non-reasoning homo sapien ancestors). Why so much
war? Well, there are psychopathic leaders calmed by war (Attila the Hun
to Osmana bin Laden), and there are many economic interests advanced by
war (see Bob Dylan's "Masters of War", about those that build
all the guns, death planes, and big bombs).
It would be interesting to learn more about this from
our Princeton professors.
This is in response to the letter
slugged Family ties, your issue 10/09/02.
My Dear Master F. Bosley Crowther 3rd '56, do
try your best to keep a stiff upper lip and present a stern countenance
to the world is spite of the fact that you were "shocked and dismayed
when not one of the Princeton publications" saw fit to mention
the genealogy of Anne-Marie Slaughter.
The article, however was discussing Ms. Slaughter's appointment as dean
of the Woodrow Wilson School not her qualifications for membership in
the D.A.R., the Social Register, or the F.F. V.
Be assured that while the "family still counts for something at Princeton,"
it is Anne-Marie alone who, as the new dean, must bear the whips and scorn
of outrageous fortune, not her brother or even her father who "served
as a special assistant to the US attorney general."
Thankfully, Princeton is a diverse community which embraces gays, lesbians,
liberals, conservatives and even a few fops and snobs.
I was shocked and dismayed recently when not one of the
Princeton publications (inlduing, if Town Topics is any indication,
the press release) announcing the appointment of Anne-Marie Slaughter
of the Class of 1980 as dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, saw fit to
include the information that her father is Edward R. "Ned" Slaughter
53 (among other distinctions, he has served as a special assistant
for litigation to the U.S. attorney general), and her brother is Hoke
Slaughter 83. Surely famiily sitll counts for something at Princeton.
Cornel West's announced return to the Princeton faculty has generated
all the attention, but Anne-Marie Slaughter's appointment as dean of the
Woodrow Wilson School deserves closer scrutiny as well.
In a Washington Post article published just after September 11,
Professor Slaughter, a professor of international law at Harvard, wrote
that if the UN Security Council failed to authorize a U.S. military response
to the terror attacks, the United States "must at least turn to NATO."
Yet there is nothing in the North Atlantic Treaty that requires the U.S.
to receive the permission of its NATO allies in order to exercise its
right of self-defense, or to launch any military operation. Indeed, it
would be difficult to imagine a policy more foolish than subjecting American
defense policy to veto by NATO, or by any other international organization
or individual country.
Professor Slaughter's views indicate not only profound ignorance of a
critical issue in international law and diplomacy, but a lack of common
sense. Neither quality would appear to be an asset for running a school
of public and international affairs.