Sen. Scott Brown comments on ROTC at Harvard

Noting Harvard President Drew Faust’s decision to continue to bar ROTC from its campus in the Boston Globe article “Brown blasts Harvard president for barring ROTC because of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,” Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown said in a statement “Harvard President Faust has been lobbying on Capitol Hill in support of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants attending college. Harvard has its priorities upside down.” He continued, “they should embrace young people who want to serve their country, rather than promoting a plan that provides amnesty to students who are in this country illegally.”

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3 thoughts on “Sen. Scott Brown comments on ROTC at Harvard

  1. Eric says:

    I don't think it helps us that Senator Brown framed one issue in terms of the other. Brown did put up an on-line survey, though, which I can't criticize … even if we did think of it 8 years before he did:

    http://www.petitiononline.com/ROTCatCU/petition.html

  2. Jared Leiderman says:

    The problem with Brown's comments is that Harvard and the vast majority of colleges don't have a ban on ROTC – the Solomon Amendment (1994) saw to that. According to a law professor at Florida and former Air Force officer, the main reason is that the ROTC programs didn't meet the academic standards of these universities:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/25/opinion/25Mazur.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

  3. Eric says:

    Hi Jared,

    Diane Mazur's characterization, while not inaccurate nor unsympathetic to the Ivy ROTC advocacy cause, relies on a selective reading of the history.

    See http://www.citizenship-aei.org/2010/10/why-isnt-rotc-on-more-elite-campuses/

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