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October 6, 1992
Thank you, Jack Diggins, on your column ("From War Protester to Commander in Chief?" Commentary, Sept. 24) regarding the non-issue of Clinton and the draft, and whether or not he would made a President capable of making major decisions in times of war and diplomatic crisis. As the article points out so clearly, Bush despite his military service is no political or military genius, and has waffled a number of times in the recent past. So one can readily turn his phrasing around; point it back at Bush and ask in regard to the Iran-Contra affair: "The fundamental difficulty is that he has not told the full truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
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.
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