Monday, April 26, 2010

Those Who Want To Lead vs. Those Who Want To Rule

A week ago I wrote about the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy towards gays in the military and stated my belief that that the American Left uses that policy as a fig leaf to cover its general hatred of the military. I'm clearly not the only one who thinks so.

But today the Boston Globe carries a story claiming that elite university administrations are "softening their resistance" to ROTC.

This year, Harvard has 20 undergraduates enrolled in ROTC at MIT. But it does not credit their ROTC courses or share program costs. Instead, private funds from Harvard graduates cover the estimated $400,000 to provide the students with classroom space, instructor salaries, and other support, according to Mawn.

“We want to get official recognition and create a long Crimson line of ROTC graduates,’’ he said.

Some softening. How many hundreds of Harvardians, Yalies, Princetonians, etc., enlisted after Pearl Harbor? How many graduated from ROTC during World War 2?

Let's remember what Thucydides said: "A nation that draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors has its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools." Our so-called elite schools should keep this in mind--it's been a valuable warning for millenia. Those schools, and their students, used to understand and heed the warning.

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