Thursday, June 06, 2002

Harvard and the ROTC

Harvard's president recently spoke at an ROTC function on campus, the first time this has happened since the Vietnam War.

In his speech, President Summers emphasized the importance of service to the nation:

You know, we venerate at this university--as we should--openness, debate, the free expression of ideas, as central to what we are all about and what we should be. But we must also respect and admire moral clarity when it is required as in the preservation of our national security and the defense of our country. All of us admire those many graduates of this university who have served in our country's armed forces. They deserve our respect and our admiration, never more than at this present moment in our country's history.

Perhaps the pendulum has begun to swing back at last in the Ivy League.