Harvard President Only Mildly Criticizes Military

Harvard President Drew Faust's speech at the school's ROTC commissioning ceremony— which was supposed to include a condemnation of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy—was much more tame than expected.

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Harvard President Drew Faust's speech at the school's ROTC commissioning ceremony— which was supposed to include a condemnation of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy—was much more tame than expected, the Harvard Crimson reports.

In her address to the audience and the five cadets receiving honors, Faust made an allusion to the policy that bars openly gay people from the military, but she never mentioned it outright. "I wish that there were more of you," she said. "I believe that every Harvard student should have the opportunity to serve in the military, as you do, and as those honored in the past have done."

Faust, a vocal opponent of the policy who has drawn fire from conservative and pro-military groups, told the Crimson last week that she intended to criticize the military in her Wednesday speech.