Welcome Back ROTC

Daniel J. Flynn is the author of numerous books, including "Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America," now available from ISI Books. Read Daniel's blog at www.flynnfiles.com.


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Harvard beating these other schools to the punch stemmed from the pressure of alumni, Massachusetts junior Senator Scott Brown, and even President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to welcome back the military now that the military welcomes open homosexuals. Perhaps the most direct catalyst came when Yale President Richard C. Levin contacted Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about resurrecting ROTC on the New Haven campus. Who wants to come in second to an ancient rival?

The Ivy League institution’s longstanding policy of accepting military grants and contracts for faculty as it shunned students who received military scholarships highlighted the university’s peculiar take on what constituted dirty money. While Harvard treated ROTC cadets accepting scholarship money from the military as pariahs, it welcomed millions from the bin Laden family fortune to fund the study of Islam. “It’s clear the Saudi bin Laden money is being put to good use here,” University spokesman Alex S. Huppé explained in 1998. The Boston Globe editorialized Sunday against the Monitor Group, a Cambridge outfit that raked in millions for its Harvard professor founders by advising Muammar Qaddafi’s murderous Libyan regime and providing it with additional Harvard scholars as consultants.

Never has John Harvard’s good name been whored out to so many bad people.  So ROTC’s return to Harvard is more public relations victory for America’s oldest university than it is conquest of enemy territory for the American military.

The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines prospered without Harvard’s support. Harvard, too, fared well without a campus military presence. But in making outcasts of aspiring servicemen, Harvard made itself an outcast in much of the nation that surrounds. Reversing forty years of self-righteous stupidity will do much to repair a damaged reputation.

Daniel J. Flynn is the author of A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). He has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, Sky News, PBS, CSPAN, and other broadcast networks. He writes a Monday column for Human Events and blogs at www.flynnfiles.com.

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  • USMCSniper

    Yep, it is no longer "The Marine Corps Needs a Few Good Men", as Congress has mandated that the Marines recruit manly girls and girly mans. Next Harvard will be demanding that the Marines recruit transgenders, and those self-made freaks who call themselves shemales or they will ban the ROTC on campus again.

  • USMCSniper

    Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, and Columbia — and pretty much all the rest of the artsy fartsy Ivies — tossed ROTC out not in response to the DADT law, but back in about 1969 at the height of the Vietnam antiwar protests because the faculties were pro communists. They latched on to the DADT law only as an excuse to continue their exclusion of the military after the enactment of the Solomon Amendment in 1996 threatened their federal grant money. It's never been enforced, more is the pity. Now they want to have the military inlcude "transgenders" which would include self made human freaks called shemales.

  • Allen

    It appears that Harvard's repeal of ROTC ban is entirely conditional. The article states that the repeal of the ROTC ban applies, at least initially, to the NAVY only and IF the military "implements Congress’s repeal of its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy later this year". Harvard is constructing conditions and position to bargain and coerce a drastic action into the military. Harvard is conniving and not authentic to support ROTC programs. Harvard just wants the money that goes with sponsoring the ROTC but wants to gut the program itself.

  • Matthew Quigley

    I wouldn't serve under some Harvard idiot…USAFA was bad enough, but the Ivy League would be worse. ROTC officers from state and some of the smaller private schools were regular guys, and OTS officers were too, but USAFA officers were worthless…and the Ivies would be as bad.

    • Sam

      So General Petraeus (USMA and PhD from princeton) is worthless?

  • bdan

    Hey harvard, GO F YOURSELF. I find it abhorrent that at the same time you could claim to foster the nations best and brightest, you could caste judgement and watch as 5,885 military members are killed in Iraq and Afghanistan based on a policy that none of them had anything to do with. If you are truly the cradle of our country's leadership, maybe you could have helped

  • taffyincanada

    Caught you lying once today Front Page. http://frontpagemag.com/2011/03/09/ahmadinejad-ma….
    Makes me question the honesty of this story.

  • waterwillows

    American Ivy League colleges sold out to the arab coin long ago. Don't expect much of anything from them. Today it is mostly dhimmi intellectuals thinking by rote.

  • tagalog

    Harvard said no ROTC on campus because of "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Now their excuse is the policy towards the transgendered.

    As college students of a particular bent once said back in the 1960s, "the agenda is not the agenda." Or, "behind every double standard, there's a single standard." You just have to isolate it.

  • Edward

    The Ivy League will all soon be fully embracing ROTC. Why? Because with the institutionalization of homosexuality in the US Military, the chain of command will be corrupted and rendered illegitimate. The homosexualization will also lead to a fundamental realignment from the military values of integrity, patriotism and courage to those supporting the covert sexual depravity that is not to be opposed. In this regard, note how the US Military dealt with Col. Hassen of Ft. Hood infamy. Not only no reprimands for his jihad madness, but he was designated "star".