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Harvard Puts Lie To Kagan’s DADT Claims

From CNN:

Harvard, Yale open up to ROTC plans after ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ vote

December 21, 2010

(CNN) — The presidents of Harvard and Yale universities have expressed interest in ROTC programs after Congress voted to repeal the military’s controversial "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy that has banned openly gay and lesbian service members.

The universities’ statements come five months after Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, then a Supreme Court nominee, came under criticism by Republican senators who complained that she actively tried to block military recruiters from Harvard Law School when she was dean because of the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy.

Kagan and the White House have strongly defended her actions, saying that while she opposed the military’s policy, Kagan never kept recruiters off the university.

Four months after taking the job as Harvard’s dean, in October 2003, Kagan offered students her thoughts in a campus-wide e-mail, saying that to give recruiters equal access to the campus "causes me deep distress. I abhor the military’s discriminatory recruitment policy." She called it "a profound wrong – a moral injustice of the first order."

In a written statement, Harvard President Drew Faust called the act to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell" a "historic step."

"It affirms American ideals of equal opportunity and underscores the importance of the right to military service as a fundamental dimension of citizenship," Faust said. "I look forward to pursuing discussions with military officials and others to achieve Harvard’s full and formal recognition of ROTC. I am very pleased that more students will now have the opportunity to serve their country."

Yale University President Richard C. Levin said in a written statement that Yale is "eager to open discussions about expanding opportunities for students interested in military service" and will discuss the matter with the faculty of the college in the spring semester.

"Meanwhile, I have asked General Counsel Dorothy Robinson, Secretary Linda Lorimer and Yale College Dean Mary Miller to consult with officials in Washington early in the new year to determine the military’s interest in establishing an ROTC unit at Yale," Levin said. "We are very hopeful that these discussions will enable us to begin a new chapter in the long history of Yale’s support of the U.S. Armed Services."

This certainly is good news for the US military.


This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Harvard Puts Lie To Kagan’s DADT Claims”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Light in the loafers will be joy to these guys … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u71l74-7xUM So much in common

  2. JohnMG says:

    To the best of my knowledge, there is no mandate that the military have ROTC programs at these places. My thought is ‘what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander’.

    Will somebody in the military with some balls be willing to say “no thanks” to Harvard and Yale? I doubt it, but that would be poetic justice of the finest stripe.

  3. Astravogel says:

    It’s not “hoo-rah!” it’s “Hoo-ah.” Which was
    originally an acronym used by Marine DI’s
    to refer to particular new recruits. It was
    written “HUA” and stood for the words
    “Head Up Ass.”

  4. TerryAnne says:

    I took a shower this morning. Is that historic, too? Or maybe that I found a parking space one row up from where I normally park? Or that I’m wearing a sweater that I haven’t worn since last winter?

  5. proreason says:

    oh this is what we need. Harvard queers in the military. THAT’LL WORK OUT, won’t it?

  6. Mae says:

    The sentence “right to military service as a fundamental dimension of citizenship” is absolutely incorrect. There is no “right to serve.” I have no right to serve because physically I could not pass boot camp. It shows the stupidity of Harvard President Drew Faust. The military is, of necessity, a benign dictatorship. It is not about rights. It’s about competency, the ability to fight the enemy and adhering to military discipline and morals. Gays and the military, an oxymoron?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      First thing they said to me in basic “this is not a democracy….you have only the rights I let you have”. Granted, there are times when orders must simply be followed…no time for debate. The paths to leadership and command are often corrupted by politics but most of the time, there are some pretty good leaders out there. Some bad ones too. However, military service as a “fundamental dimension” or, if you will, a “basic right” well, that statement flies in the face of those who are against conscription. If it’s a basic right of an American to serve, it is therefore a basic obligation, is it not? Thus, anyone who lives here must serve some portion of their adult life in the military. Can’t have it both ways. You can’t defend it while condemning it for the same reason(s). But that’s the self-contradictory nature of socialists.

    • dscam says:

      You beat me to it. Nothing makes me madder than libs claiming that military service is a “right”. Americans have a number of rights specifically enumerated in the aptly named “Bill of Rights”, and after a quick refresher, I don’t see military service in there anywhere. If that’s the liberal policy, I guess all these guys who got discharged or weren’t able to enlist because they were in a wheelchair should sue the hell outta the government for discrimination. If you’re calling something a basic human right, what kind of monster are you to deny that right to physically or mentally handicapped people?

  7. Mithrandir says:

    This is yet another kick in the head the G.O.P. totally took in stride.

    These college campi, are separate countries / city states all unto their own. There are no Constitutional rights, you can’t say what you want, can’t bring a gun on campus to protect yourself, your dorms can be searched on a whim, you can’t download anything on your own private computer you pay for, you can be expelled for offending a racial group. etc.

    The minute you remove funding from these places for trampling people’s rights, is the day you smack them back into line.
    Don’t want ROTC on campus? Oh, I guess you don’t want federal funding for screwing up national security and discriminating against our own countrymen. All these racial favoritism programs on campus? Hmm, how about some federal investigations and start charging chancellors, deans, and staff members with crimes?

    ~~~Another institution the G.O.P. ceeded to the liberals. For once I would like to see the G.O.P. TAKE BACK an institution they lost, and try to put it back in order, but who am I kidding?

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    So .. how will Harvard make it with all their gay young liberals headed off for their enlistments? Will probably be a boat load or too.


    Phony and self-centered creeps.

  9. Petronius says:

    Elena “Little Boots” Kagan “actively tried to block military recruiters from Harvard Law School when she was dean ….”

    Merely a symbolic gesture. The number of Harvard Law grads who enlist in the JAG corps (excuse me, “corpse”) can be counted on one finger.

    Harvard Law grads get rich by suing the DoD as plaintiffs’ attorneys in Federal courts or the ASBCA. Not the other way around.

  10. Perdido says:

    Kagan is a liar. Perfect liberal justice qualification.

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