Many academics come cheap these days. Why design and buy newspaper and TV ads when you can buy a scholar here, a retired diplomat there, a university department now and then. For years now what is called the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies has discredited itself by catering to the Arab kings and dictators. Money talks so they say. Get this latest birthday gift to tiny little Qatar and its Sheikh. Selling out to the Americans does have its moments....as does selling out to Arab royalty.