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Pentagon Paper Rules

June 07, 1988

Your article about the Pentagon paper chase ("Paper Rules Swell Cost of Defense," by Ralph Vartabedian, Part I, May 21) is doubly disturbing. How can this bureaucratic boondoggle first have come about and how has it been allowed to proliferate so?

With this timely exposure, why doesn't one of the November hopefuls seize on yet another example of how government excess could be reduced with a resultant saving to taxpayers?

"The consumer only has one military. There aren't competing armies," Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.) said. Perhaps we should adopt a lesson from history and hire mercenaries on a competitive basis!

J.H. DUCHIE

Dominguez Hills

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