ROTC and the Future of Liberal Education

Last September, Barack Obama spoke at a forum on public service at Columbia University. "I recognize that there are students here who have differences in terms of military policy," Obama, then a senator, said when the contentious issue of Columbia's banishment of the Reserve Officer Training Corps from campus came up. "But the notion that young people here at Columbia or anywhere, in any university, aren't offered the choice, the option of participating in military service, I think is a