It has been a big deal since Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign to have been a Rhodes scholar, and "Many paths lead to Rhodes" (article, Nov. 24) mentioned all 32 scholarship recipients for 2010.

A study of Cecil Rhodes’ biography reveals he was an imperialist, and his goal was to bring the United States back into the British Empire. He said he wanted to breed a race of American philosopher-kings to achieve that goal. If the trust he started is still designed to achieve that goal, then all those Americans who boast of their Rhodes education, to include Clinton, would be working toward undermining our country for some greater worldly goals. All the military members mentioned — having first sworn to protect and defend the Constitution — are now being sent to be educated in a program whose purpose was designed to subjugate the U.S. to some foreign government not of the people, by the people, for the people.

When these scholars return to the U.S., I am going to be very concerned to know just where their allegiance lies and what might be behind their decision-making at the senior levels as it concerns American culture and American armed services.

We are all told to follow lawful orders by our appointed officers. How and why are we to trust leaders indoctrinated to put foreign interests over the country and Constitution we too have sworn to defend? At the enlisted level, the cost of tainted policy is very direct.

I see that two U.S. military academies are represented as well as the respected Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Are those schools not supposed to be the very best we have to offer already? Countries from around the world send their brightest to U.S. schools to learn from us.

Tech. Sgt. Timothy S. GoodrichAli Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait

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