Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Magna Cum Saudi

This Powerline post points to this Solomon Amendment story in the Investor's Business Daily which makes the point that while the military recruiters are not allowed on the campus because of their "homophobic" policies, representatives of truly oppressive and openly homophobic regimes are welcomed with open arms. The money quote in my opinion from the Investor's piece is:

Of course, this righteous indignation is somewhat selective. While banning recruiters because of "don't ask, don't tell," they welcome and honor members of Congress who voted for it. Last year, Rep. Nita Lowey, who voted for it in 1993, was welcomed to the Pace University School of Law last year to receive the "Pioneer of Justice and Equality for Women and the Law."

As is the case on many topics for liberals, their anger is pointed in the wrong direction. The military's policy is what it is because congress said so, and then-President Bill Clinton signed the bill. The military doesn't have any choice in the matter. They are attempting to follow the law as enacted. Given a choice I think the military might have a different policy. Harvard might like it more or less, but the current policy is the "fault" of the congress and the military recruiters can't do a thing about it. Are recruiters from congressional and senate offices allowed on the Harvard law campus? I suspect so.


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