Re: [sixties-l] agent orange

From: Jerry West (
Date: Sat Jun 24 2000 - 18:59:50 CUT

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    monkerud wrote:

    There's been a lot of talk about veterans and little recognition that
    this country no longer has the draft. The people who sign up cannot be
    said to be a "citizen's army" like could have been said in past wars.
    The US, least we forget, today has a professional army.
    For those of you who observe the military. What type of difference does
    this make in today's army? In the future of the military?

    JW reply:

    A mistake. If you are in favor of having any kind of a defensive
    military then the best kind is where all citizens are obligated to
    contribute and take the risk. On one hand it keeps the military closer
    to society as a whole, and on the other it improves the level of the
    military by providing it with a wider pool of skills and ideas.

    You have lifted the lid to a particularly squirmy can of worms here,

    Jerry West
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