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

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 Inquisitr.com, “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.”

“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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gamalh
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how did we get to this point that idiots like this are almost the norm? I support the ROTC and anything to do with our military. That is the only thing between us and what is going on in the middle east. OUR WAY OF LIFE, If that idiot don’t like it go over there and live.

Ken Largent II
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Do you think Greta would talk to Peter live on TV any time soon? That would be interesting. Maybe Peter and Col. West could have a debate!

John Mccord
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He would have to be on with both at the same time. With just one,he wouldn’t be around for the next one.

Ken Largent II
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Maybe you misread the statement. Col. West doesn’t have his own show. He often does interviews on Greta’s show. Greta could certainly have a show with Col. West on one side and this Peter dork on the other.

John Mccord
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I realize West does not have a program. Maybe I could have worded it better but,he could be a co guest with West on Greta’s show.That would put them on at the same time. O.K.?

akatom3565
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This is what we have in the locations of union indoctrination stations known as schools and universities

Mike Mike
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His voice means nothing unless others give him credence. Just one loudmouth pesky bug to squash.

dginga
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It was the Petes of the world who spat on the soldiers, like my husband – a decorated Special Forces officer – when they came back from Viet Nam. People like little Petey spent the war smoking dope, cutting class and participating in sit-ins, etc., all while safely ensconsed on a pristine college campus half a world away from the hell of that war. And then, in their “brave intelligentsia arrogance” they had the audacity to spit on soldiers who they knew could not fight back or be court martialed and jailed. Col. West is correct that these Ivy League… Read more »
John Mccord
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Thank you.

Marky Michaels
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Speaking of Barry Soetoro, what kind of man changes their name from Barry Soetoro to Barack Hussein Obama? It amazes me that people have been this blind to the truth for so long. Wake up people, guys like Pete have been stirring up sh^t for a reason.

John Mccord
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He was born Barack Obama.His name was changed to Soetoro when he was adopted my his Indonesian step father.Some time later,he took his fathers name. Would be interesting to know if it was changed legally in court.

Uncle Ruckus
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Why is everything about obama with you LOONS?!?!?

MV
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Simple ….hear about a college student who is anti-American, anti-military, spouting off stupid things that don’t make sense…and then wonder what happens when this ‘chucklehead’ grows up and gets a job, and tries to join society. You wonder what will happen. And while thinking of the future, you then consider that others with similar backgrounds can fool lots of people everywhere and can become a Community Organizer, a Senator, and even a President. Pete’s ‘resume’ sounds sort of like what the empty-suited narcissist in the White House might have had in his college years…skipping classes, smoking weed and doing a… Read more »
John Mccord
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Excellent reply.

Marky Michaels
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Because it is.

Uncle Ruckus
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guess when you run out of toilet paper that is Obama’s fault also??

John Mccord
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Got some with obamas face on it.You should get some,it feels sooo good.

Marky Michaels
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Clearly you equate Obama with toilet paper in your twisted pea-brain. Isn’t it interesting how you projected that into this conversation. I can’t wait to see your next comment.

Uncle Ruckus
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no…I equate you LOONS blaming EVERYTHING on Obama…..kind of silly!

Liberty1st
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I agree with you Marky…. No one ever tries to think it through and wonder by he didn’t take his mother’s or his grandfather ‘s (who helped raise him) name? Nope, he took the name of someone he really didn’t know.. That in it self indicates an unrest with his identifying with American culture and a longing to be something else. That something else, well that is becoming more and more apparent with his resistance to stand strongly against radical Islam!

Conan_the_Contrarian
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Not unexpected, Brown is one of the bastions of leftist “group think” where opinions are valued, as long as they toe the liberal line, contrarian opinions are actively discouraged by not only the staff, but the student body as well… this is the same behavior that’s exhibited in cults…

jyearsley
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Really Colonel, you don’t know where he gets this? Here’s a clue: “MAKHLOUF”. I’m guessing he’s not an Irish-Catholic or Scots-Presbyterian, or German Lutheran…

I’m also guessing he has a pretty clear world-view that is more than simply anti-military. Let’s ask how he feels about Jihadis

Liberty1st
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So you are thinking he is a product of Rami?

Mackie
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Freedom is not free and sadly never has been, there have always been those brave souls who will step forward to preserve and protect that freedom.

Then there are those who enjoy those freedoms, but have not had to share a drop of blood for them, and yet they have the temerity to condemn its very protectors when they should be celebrating them..

silentsighing
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He lost the argument when he used the phrase “brave intelligentsia.”

He’s a “classics and politics” major, and this is just one of his many rants. You should have seen the one he wrote after the Charlie Hebdo massacre – spoiler: he didn’t side with the murdered newspaper cartoonists or the pro-free speech demonstrators.

Paul Sheridan
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I think he lost the argument well before then. The US military has paid its dues. When this kid has liberated Europe and freed the slaves then he can talk about imperialism. It would be really entertaining to see what happens when this kid goes to apply for jobs after school. HR departments always google your name these days. Dude’s going to have to change his name to get a job somewhere other than Al Jazeera.

silentsighing
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Oh, I agree with you. I was being generous.

Liberty1st
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What is criminal (facetiously meant) is his narrow mindedness. This socialist wonder has the right to his opinion BUT other’s have the right to theirs and I’ll bet more are of the opinion that we need ROTC programs and that his values/view will contribute to the demise of America’s stature and America’s readiness in world issues! IF he were my child, I would NOT pay for his tuition and I am hoping that our tax dollars aren’t paying for it either!

Alan
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“Chucklehead” That one I have not heard in awhile. Thanks for bringing back the memory.

silentsighing
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COL West, I think you actually made this guy look more coherent than he was. I had the misfortune to read the full article. It was incoherent, illogical, and unfounded. He tried to argue that alleged police brutality is a valid reason for opposing a ROTC presence at Brown. The rest of his argument can be summed up as “We’ve always been anti-military; it’s our heritage, and we should keep it up.” Here is what I posted to The Brown Daily Herald site in response: “So, because the police have had some possible abuse cases, military science, ROTC, and the… Read more »
Uncle Ruckus
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OH….that freedom of speech thingy is wonderful isn’t it!!

MV
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Very interesting. Fortunately, there are some colleges and universities that are FULLY behind their own ROTC programs. My daughter went to Seattle University – a Catholic (Jesuit) based university – on an ARMY ROTC scholarship. The college President (a Jesuit priest) was a major speaker at the graduation/commissioning program when my daughter graduated. The College President spoke very highly about the ROTC unit, the ‘synergy’ between the ROTC program and the college, spoke of the “Warrior Priest” (the Jesuits)…and so forth. Far different environment than what Brown seems to provide.

Carla Smith
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This jerk is a little candy ass with nothing else to do but put down real patroits !!

cojar
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When will WE THE PEOPLE realize that the nation is being subverted and overthrown from within by Marxists?

darylj46
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You are so very right and the more we Americans allow our kids to be dumbed down the worse it will get. America is falling now and very fast and the collapse is in the very near future. Khrushchev once said that America will never be taken from the outside but from within and we Americans are letting it happen. It is so sad and it reminds me of the history of our Revolution that the brave stood up and gave us freedom and now we have become a nation of cowards.

Uncle Ruckus
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THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!!!!

Lou9999
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Jeez, the hippies from the 60’s have spawned children and they are coming back to haunt us.

Jay Kenney
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Is Allen for real about this? His first paragraph is a contradiction; “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.” Is he REALLY suggesting we hold the Christian Bible above the First Amendment?

James McEnanly
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Mark Twain paraphrased it best when he said,””Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Jay Kenney
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Right. You best take another look at for yourself.

John Mccord
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You can come in from left field now,if you can find your way.

Jay Kenney
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Huh? I played pitcher.

John Mccord
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Every one I talk to who supposedly played baseball was a pitcher. Pro teams wanted them but,they wanted a different career. I played 3td base.

Jay Kenney
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Point?

John Mccord
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Probably not a pitcher.

Jay Kenney
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So, I guess I didn’t take a line-drive on my forehead. Concussion, too. You wing-nuts make assumptions and skip logical steps by leaps and bounds. Then convince yourselves that your assumptions are facts.

silentsighing
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Reading comprehension fail. Mr. West isn’t saying the Bible should be over the First Amendment…seriously, where did you get that? The point he was making is, while a person has the RIGHT to say whatever he/she chooses, sometimes it would be more prudent to keep one’s mouth shut. It’s another way of saying, “It’s better to be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” Another way to put it: Makhlouf would have seemed smarter if he hadn’t spouted his ill-formed and ignorant opinions. Clear, now?

John
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Don’t forget Proverbs 13:3 which says, “He who opens wide his lips comes to ruins”. Perhaps Petey should heed that advice and so should Jay.

Jay Kenney
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Nope. Free speech is free speech. Simple as that.

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

Voltaire

Surely you don’t believe West would agree with Voltaire. I do.

silentsighing
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Troll alert. I’d say LTC West not only agrees with Voltaire but has helped guarantee free speech during his distinguished military career.

You have no reason for your accusations against LTC West. Troll.

John
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If that’s what Voltaire said, there is no reason why West would not agree with it. So your point is……?

Jay Kenney
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Really? West’s blog is all about criticizing someone for exercising free speech.

jrb56
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West is NOT criticizing anyone for exercising their right to free speech. He’s merely criticizing the content of that speech which, in a Democracy, he also has that right to do. Just because you have a right to free speech, does not mean you can never suffer the consequences for saying what you did. Makhlouf can say whatever he wants without being silenced and/or put in jail. That’s how our American Democracy works. BUT a potential employer has every right to spurn his hiring or even terminate his employment based on what he said. A big mouth can alter your… Read more »
Jay Kenney
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Re-read the damn article. He criticizes an American citizen for exercising his right of free speech. Or do I need to lead you by the hand?

jrb56
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There is NOTHING in this article that indicates West is criticizing Makhlouf’s RIGHT to free speech. You are obviously reading something that’s not there. West points out, and I quote “The greatest freedom we have in the United States is the right to free speech”. So West is describing the RIGHT to free speech as “The greatest freedom we have in the United States”. He then goes on to say, “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… Read more »
Jay Kenney
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Really, if this isn’t criticism against to the freedom of speech by West, I don’t know what is: “… 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.”

jrb56
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{{{Sigh}}}……The Biblical passage you reference should have been heeded by Peter Makhlouf and not Allen West.

Jay Kenney
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Inane quibbling. West used the quote. Ergo, he supported it.

silentsighing
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He’s a troll. He has no point.

Jay Kenney
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Why? Because I confront West’s faulty facts and sources? Can’t handle it?

John Mccord
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You really are lost,aren’t you?

Jay Kenney
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Hardly. I am a strict constructionist when it comes to the Constitution. Try studying it!

John Mccord
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I been studying the constitution for over 40 years now.How bout you.Forget the crap.

Jay Kenney
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What “crap?”

John Mccord
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About being an expert on the constitution.

Jay Kenney
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I never posted that I was an expert on the Constitution. You did. I posted I was a strict constructionist .

Brandon
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Another “Pajama Boy”….

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Kurt Hyllested Sr
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Moron spouting meaningless rhetoric. Attending an institution of learning, but not learning anything.