Time Out

Word by word, so that each might sink in, Chan Gurney read the Chief of Staff's blunt memo.

"This amendment is the equivalent of blowing the whistle and telling the enemies that 'time is out' indefinitely, and that we cannot go on with the war until we have had a year to train the men we are going to get."

Here the stocky, sober Republican from South Dakota paused and looked around the Senate. His colleagues were listening indifferently. Their arguments were fixed, their minds made up: they were going to pass (58-10-5) the bill lowering the draft age to 18—but...

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