Elliot Cohen, and International Studies professor at John Hopkins University has an interesting article in the WSJ’s Opinion Journal. His premise is that the military is turning anti-education and by doing so is going to hurt our fighting preparedness. I do not think that this is the case, but on that note, the military is trying to maximize the time and technology afforded them.
He also talks about the reaction of the University campus to the ROTC and this I wish to address. Today’s campus is permeated with the ideologies of the 1960’s. There has been a purge of any who think and teach from the right side of the political spectrum. Most of the conservative bloggers who are professors have to do so until they have achieved tenure and are safe from the hostile environs they inhabit.
When Columbia University voted to keep ROTC off of the campus, they were true to themselves. They hate the war, they hate the Republicans, they hate the military. That is not even a point of discussion. If you are pro war you are immediately suspect. Heck, for a professor it is worse, your peers automatically question you cognitive functions, IE they think you are dumb as a bunch of rocks.
Even if the students vote for the return of ROTC two to one, the professorial class is dead set against giving the students what they want. Their hubris knows no bounds.
I would love the government to immediately cut all funding to Columbia as the Solomon Amendment states. Make Columbia prove their beliefs, take less money earned by the taxpayers and lose the opportunity to prestigious research.
They are taking the opportunity for the military to have some of our brightest students serving in the military. By making the campus such a hostile environment to students who love our country and are willing to fight for it, Columbia and it’s professors should suffer the consequences of their actions.