Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Powell on Privilege Daniel Schorr cited an interesting passage in Colin Powell's 1995 memoir "My American Journey" this weekend on NPR, and it's worth putting the key sentences in print. We join the action on page 144 of the paperback edition:
The policies [during the Vietnam war]--determining who would be drafted and who would be deferred, who would serve and who would escape, who would die and who would live--were an anti-democratic disgrace...

I am angry that so many sons of the powerful and well placed and so many professional athletes...managed to wangle slots in reserve and National Guard units. Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to our country.

Love to see where Scott McClellan would go with a question framed around that little tidbit.

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