"Racist!" some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran.The university (and others) should just admit it--they don't like the military and haven't since Vietnam. DADT was just an excuse. But that sets up a logical conundrum since the military defends their freedom to dislike the military, meaning they can't actually admit their dislike in the popular press because it's indefensible.
Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.
"It doesn't matter how you feel about the war. It doesn't matter how you feel about fighting," said Maschek. "There are bad men out there plotting to kill you."
What about our current president, a former student at Columbia? For some reason he's never allowed his writings/transcripts to be released. We have been told he spent most of those years holed up in the library but it would be interesting to see if he had any opinions on ROTC or the military in general back in the day.
As for today, the same guy is now Commander-in-Chief. Earlier in his term went out to Dover and saluted perfectly as fallen heroes arrived in flag-draped coffins, something that garnered respect. The same guy surged troops in Afghanistan. It almost seems his duty to speak out and defend this wounded soldier and ROTC in general just like he's been defending public sector union workers in Wisconsin. Who knows, maybe he'll surprise us.