University student says ROTC is a criminal organization, which recruits for state-sanctioned violence

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The greatest freedom we have in the United States is the right to free speech. However, it is unfortunate when some folks do not heed the words of Solomon in Proverbs 17:28, (NIV), “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

Such is the case for one chucklehead at Brown University named Peter Makhlouf, who has made some audacious comments about ROTC.

As reported by, “ROTC is an organization of criminals, a Brown University student attempting to get the group banned from college campuses claims. Peter Makhlouf, an opinion columnist at Brown University, stated in a Brown Daily Herald editorial that the Reserve Officers’ Training Corp wants to recruit “academically elite students” in a “calculated attempt to rope the best and brightest into the industry of state-sanctioned violence.”

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“The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is a United States Armed Forces college training program that also offers scholarship opportunities for members and career placement services. “The anti-military ‘bias’ that certain students have is a firmly grounded ethical stance — an insistence that we will not support the aggression of the United States throughout the world,” the Brown University student said in the editorial piece published last week.”

Here’s an excerpt from the Brown University student’s editorial about the ROTC:

“At a time when we most need a brave intelligentsia to speak out against the craven acts of U.S. imperialism, the thought of extending the poisonous branches of the armed services to our campus should be wholly denounced. A November 2014 Herald article described the lack of military support on Brown’s campus. The article outlined how students considering careers in the military and participating in ROTC programs on campus feel marginalized by “the anti-military — and even hostile — stigma attached to ‘schools like Brown.’

“Students anticipating careers in the armed forces outlined ROTC as one of their central concerns, and while ROTC is only one facet of military presence on campus, it is undoubtedly one of the most important. On Tuesday, the faculty endorsed a resolution to create a partnership between Brown’s campus and the Navy and Air Force ROTC programs.”

Let me explain something to little Petey, the US military doesn’t need to “rope in the best and brightest” — they already and always have had them. And so your words only reflect the realization of most progressive socialists that they can’t live up to the standards of honor, integrity, and character.

Pete’s words are no different than the disdainful attacks from those on the left such as the NBC reporter who referred to US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle as going out on “killing sprees.” I personally find Pete’s rant misguided and yet I feel sorry for him, as he’s lucky enough to live in a country where others of far superior moral standing stand on freedom’s ramparts to secure and defend his right to well, say stupid things.

Let me clarify. I am a product of High School JROTC at Henry Grady in Atlanta. I am a product of College ROTC at the University of Tennessee. My nephew is a College ROTC graduate from North Georgia College, now known as University of North Georgia. I am a former College Army ROTC instructor and was honored to be the US Army ROTC Instructor of the year in 1993. So here you have countless years of experience in the ROTC program and I can attest to the ethical standards of these young men and women with whom I have served that is above reproach. When I read Peter’s words I just have to ask, what aggression of the United States throughout the world does he refer?

Perhaps he is rather comfortable with ISIS, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Aqsa Matyrs, Al Quds, Abu Sayyaf, Iran, Russia, Turkey, North Korea. And his reference to “brave intelligentsia to speak out against the craven acts of US imperialism?” Pete, show me one place in the last century where the United States has taken over territory for itself? Poisonous branches of the armed services?

I just have to ask, where did this fella learn this? From his parents? From his college professors? Does he truly believe the represents some warped sense of bravery? Son, you are not brave.

What has happened in our culture that this is a permeating sentiment? And is it any wonder why we find ourselves in a situation where an evil such as ISIS can exist and thrive?

“Edwin Portugal is also a Brown University student who participated in the campus ROTC program. Portugal is slated to graduate in 2017. According to Portugal’s comments during an interview with Campus Reform, students who have been involved in such organizations feel “unwelcome” on campus because of “the proliferation of such harsh anti-military opinions, like Makhlouf’s.”

“Providence College, located two miles away from Brown University, is utilized by students from the Ivy League school. Brown University passed a series of resolutions during Vietnam War protests in 1969 that mandated the removal of the ROTC program on the campus. Brown University students reportedly cannot receive credit for the ROTC courses taken at Providence College.”

Unfortunately, the Petes in America grow up to become staffers in the White House and in the National Security Advisor’s officer. The Petes become the State Department weenies that order Marine Embassy Security Guards to render their personal combat weapons inoperable. The Petes become the ones who snicker and refer to the Prime Minister of Israel — a former Airborne Commando — as chicken [email protected] The Petes become the ones who dismiss a combat veteran being wrongfully held in Mexico.

The Petes embrace the deserters while they curse the warriors.

To those young men and women on the Brown University campus in the ROTC program I render you a salute. The Petes in the world are the sheep. You all are the guard dogs that allow Pete to foment his vitriol. Just know what you are seeking to become is that which is most honorable and regarded. You will join an elite group of the best and the brightest — certainly not the group to which Pete will be relegated.

Hey Pete, let me leave you with a nice quote from Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Pete, you will never know of daring greatly, you will fall in line with the cold and timid souls. The legacy and lineage of ROTC cadets who have gone on to distinguish themselves in the crucible of fire speaks for itself.

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