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President Obama ends the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy with a stroke of his -- this morning.
It raises an interesting question can ROTC programs now return to some of the liberal campuses where they have long been banned.
Some Ivy League and other universities have locked ROTC programs from their campuses since the Vietnam War.
We even though that war ended decades ago the band continued among many of those schools and -- used Don't Ask Don't Tell.
As the reason why so does the repeal of that measure mean that ROTC.
Could return to some of those elite schools.
Joining us now the editor of the weekly standard Bill -- he is a Fox News political analyst.
You think there is no excuse now for these schools not to put don't -- -- not to put ROTC on campus how -- That's right business is for them -- to fully recognize RTC.
And I think some of them are go to would do so by the Harvard president made a very strong statement over the weekend drew Faust.
Columbia yell I really hope they do it I think will be good for the country I hope President Obama weighs and in 2008 during the campaign he said he favored.
Having full recognition of our TC on campuses and said that act Colombia where it's not recognized where students if they want it.
Serve their country you have to take the subway 45 -- -- up to Fordham.
To to to do it there in Colombia doesn't welcome them -- anyway doesn't provide the many facilities any help but he recognition.
He said it in September 2008 even before the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell that he favored full recognition effort to -- -- -- hope President Obama weighs in.
He's got a lot of clout -- -- level college presidents and hope they do the right thing.
-- Columbia university of the president attended.
Let's take a look at some the other schools that currently ban ROTC.
Most of them Ivy League schools as we mentioned earlier.
Brown Columbia Stanford Harvard costs the University of Chicago and Yale.
A bill the point has been made that and the military.
Might not necessarily want to go recruiting on some of those campuses that this the kinds of student is that they might find there.
Wouldn't be the students that necessarily would make good military leaders what do you think about that argument.
And I think that -- a terrific military leaders there there are some terrific and military leaders general from those campuses.
-- vision that it should be made easier for students at those schools.
To serve their country by by joining RTC.
Look the military needs to recruit a whole bunch of officers and understandably they're one of the unabashed -- -- against the wall and have fights with faculty the administrators.
And and and run up hill when they can go to much more welcoming campuses often in the midwest and the south and and get tons of offices and those are great offices to.
But I think there's something good for the country about having a diversity in the officer corps -- be good for the university's.
About seeing -- young men and women who want to serve their country in uniform.
On campus -- happens already of their kids at Harvard who think that they go to MIT and take that and then do their fulfill their duties there have been it would just be healthier.
For these elite campuses to welcome the military and I do think it's right the military to the needs to step up and say you know what.
We're gonna -- a little more money a little more effort to make sure we've got a presence on all campuses.
I know a little bit about this because I have a nephew who did that went to.
ROTC at MIT even though he was a student at Harvard.
But you mentioned the fact that that.
College professors if they want to make life difficult for some of these ROTC kids.
They can refuse them absences you know excused absences to train that kind of thing what about.
The overall university reaction even if the administration.
Of some of these schools says.
Yeah out we've we've lost our fig -- now we can't use Don't Ask Don't Tell we gotta let RO TCN.
I know a lot of kids have done this in recent years you know and -- say the students are terrific about it you know other students respect students are gonna serve their country go into harm's way.
At the elite schools they may personally be liberal they may not be in favor of fighting particular conflict there or whatever but.
I don't think is what's probably the student body -- some problem with some administrators and faculty were left over from the sixties and still want to.
Fight that fight but I think even there in a minority so.
I think if the military makes clear that it's willing to spend a little extra time and effort in.
Establishing -- on these campuses or at least establishing.
Making it easier for students to it's it to do worse since campuses.
That I've been I think they'll be good thing and I think it's doable.
The real burdens on the college administrators to step up and those who deal with a college administrators.
The other people who -- influential with liberal.
Professors and administrators to step up and say okay you had your problems -- Don't Ask Don't Tell that's gone.
Now is the time to really fully recognize young men and women and help them serve their country.
All right so all you administrators -- brown Columbia Harvard -- Stanford Chicago Yale.
You get to work cut out for -- -- I think the alumni of those schools or watching the show should call those presidents are right I think Bill Kristol Fox News political analyst thank you next.
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