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October 6, 1992
I think Diggins is missing the point in his conclusion that the draft is a non-issue in the current presidential choice. When I took infantry basic training at Fort Benning in 1943 the motto of the adjacent OCS was then, as it is now, "Follow me"--the message being that the infantry officer leads, he does not sit back in a hole somewhere and send others up front to take the risks. Another basic military tenet: Never order a subordinate to do something you are not willing to do yourself.
October 25, 1986
It is obvious that Podhoretz does not understand the satirical thrust of "Catch-22." Does he also miss the point made by "Fail-Safe" and "Doctor Strangelove?" Let's hope our cadets at the Air Force Academy don't. ANTHONY J. RUFFOLO La Canada Flintridge
November 16, 1986 | From Reuters
Yugoslavia's state presidency has attacked calls by a regional peace movement for civilian alternatives to military service, a Belgrade newspaper said Friday. The "initiative for so-called civilian service is confusing the public and is contradictory to the Yugoslav constitution," Politika quoted the presidency's Commission for National Defense, led by state President Sinan Hasani, as saying.
May 1, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Harvard scientists have discovered that military men who served as far back as World War I had a 60% increased risk of dying from the devastating motor neuron disease ALS, although the research does not explain why. Hints that the disease was linked to service in the Persian Gulf War led scientists to look at the possibility that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, is somehow linked to wartime environments. Patients with ALS lose their ability to move.
February 6, 2004
Re "White House Counters Attack on Bush's Military Service," Feb. 4: I love the fact that the White House immediately cries foul, using words like "outrageous" and "despicable" to describe those who might question the president's honesty. Wednesday the issue was his Air National Guard service. Tuesday it was the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The day before that ... well, just look at that day's issue of The Times. Anyone familiar with National Guard duty knows that where there was service, there is a record of it. In 2000, the Bush campaign could have ended speculation by producing said records, but there were none to be found.
February 3, 2004 | Maria L. La Ganga and Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writers
As high-ranking Republicans sprang to President Bush's defense Monday over questions about his stint in the Texas Air National Guard, dueling comparisons about military service appeared poised to become a staple of the general election. Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe began the latest verbal spat, by saying on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" that he relished debate over military service if John F. Kerry became the party's nominee for president.
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