Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who was particularly vocal in his criticism of Columbia, apparently didn't watch the speech. University officials invited Ahmadinejad there and basically tore him a new one; it was no warm hero's welcome. It seems to me Republicants and consternatives in general would've enjoyed the opportunity to question him as speech attendees did.
It's safe to say Ahmadinejad didn't make any converts, he simply made an ass of himself. "We don't have homosexuals," he stated in response to questions about the oppression of gays in Iran. The audience loudly laughed this off. He also said Iranians are "friends with the Jewish people." This from a man who denies the Holocaust and says Israel should be wiped off the map.
My feeling is, it was ok to let the man make his speech. If we see him as an enemy, his own words can be used as a weapon against him. Again, he merely looked foolish, not powerful, behind that podium. And this was one of the few opportunities anyone had to question him without restrictions. We don't get those opportunities with our own president!
If funding is pulled from Columbia because they hosted a controversial comedian, only the students will suffer. Do we want to penalize college students, who are trying to get their lives started?
I wish the consternatives who are criticizing Columbia could've worked up as much anger when their patron saint sold weapons to Iran (remember 444 days in captivity), then pardoned his own henchmen.
Left: After a visit to New York City's Apple Store, Iranian President Ahmadinejad tries out his new "iLoon" MP3 player.