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February 09, 2009


Adam Stempel

I think you're being a little harsh. DADT is an important argument against ROTC on campus, but it's not the only one and it's not the oldest one. At Yale, ROTC disappeared long before Clinton, and the strongest objection was that the military was a terrible organization just by being the military.
Harbaugh's point is that this particular aspect of culture is changing. He cites the Yale Political Union debate, which I attended, as a sign of shifting perspective. This is slightly misleading, as the conservative side of the YPU is much stronger than it is at Yale at large, but even from the Left there were fairly few arguments based on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. It's certainly still a big deal, and Harbaugh obviously knows that there are gay students around him, but there are reasonable arguments to be made that ROTC can get at least a tentative foothold on elite campuses without being too offensive.

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