Drew Faust, president of Harvard University, said in an interview with The Boston Globe Wednesday that the university will welcome a Reserve Officer Training Corps unit to campus as soon as the "don't ask, don't tell" policy ends. Currently, Harvard students who wish to join ROTC do so through a unit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but Faust said Harvard would welcome the chance to "regularize our relationship" with ROTC when "don't ask, don't tell" ends.
Let's remember a few things.
1. This is not the military's option; this law was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton. Congress and the President must change the law, there's nothing the military can do about it. Shouldn't the legitimate target of Harvard's sanctimonious ire be the Congress and the President who vowed to overturn this law but haven't, and not the institution of ROTC or the cadets/midshipmen who join it?
2. This law was signed by a Democratic president.
3. Democrats have run the Congress for almost the last 4 years, and there has been a Democrat in the White House for almost 2 years. This is not an issue that can rightly be blamed on Republicans, although the loud voices always make this a Republican travesty.
4. This law is an improvement over the situation prior to its passage. Before DADT, suspected gays could be ferreted out, hounded, questioned, harassed, and then kicked out of the military. The current law allows gays to serve as long as they keep their orientation relatively quiet.
5. Legitimate estimates put the gay population in the US at somewhere between 1.5% and 6% (not Kinsey's 10%). Does anyone expect a flood of openly gay Americans to rush to recruiting stations when DADT is repealed? (I do not.)
Conclusion? Drew Faust is an idiot.
Update, 9/26/10: Senator Scott Brown isn't impressed with Faust:
“It is incomprehensible to me that Harvard does not allow ROTC to use its facilities, but welcomes students who are in this country illegally.’’ He added: "Harvard has its priorities upside down. 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.’’I agree with Brown on this one.