Harvard Eager to Rejoin Military-Industrial Complex

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Once, you know, it fixes that pesky gay thing.

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust said that she’d be happy to reinstate a Harvard reserve officer training corps (ROTC) program on campus, as soon as gays can serve openly in the military. According to an article by Tracy Jan in the Boston Globe:

Speaking the day after the US Senate declined to take up a measure that would have repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy, [Faust] said vestiges of antimilitarism on campus dating to the Vietnam War are largely gone and she would now welcome the opportunity to “regularize our relationship’’ with the armed forces.

Many colleges now say they plan to put ROTC programs back on their campuses as soon as the military repeals Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, though it doesn’t appear that any university eliminated ROTC as a result of the military’s policy on sexual orientation, which was actually more restrictive during ROTC’s heyday in Cambridge.

“We are very much looking forward to the end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ ’’ Faust said. “It will be a very important moment to us when that happens.’’

Harvard is famously a rather good college. With all those smart officers does that mean we’ll start winning some wars again?

The Pentagon appears curiously indifferent to Harvard’s ROTC policy. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer