Obama on ROTC: Just Words
Obama on whether Columbia University should have an ROTC program on campus:
“I recognize that there are students here who have differences in terms of military policy,” he said. “But the notion that young people—here at Columbia or anywhere in any university—aren’t offered the choice, the option of participating in military service, I think is a mistake.”
But Jim Geraghty points out that once again Obama failed to act when he had the chance to make a difference:
Of course, it would have helped if the senior lecturer/professor had ever said or done something about it while he was teaching at the University of Chicago, which kicked ROTC off campus during the Vietnam War.
Right now, University of Chicago students can participate in the Army ROTC by treking to the University of Illinois-Chicago) and students who wish to be a part of Air Force ROTC must commute to the Illinois Institute of Chicago.