National Affairs: The Kick of the Starter

All through the U.S., Moscow newspapers jubilantly reported, draftees were fleeing from their medical examinations—cold proof of "the lack of desire of American youth to serve as cannon fodder for the sake of increased profits for Wall Street."

What Moscow took for a comforting backfire was actually the kick of a self-starter. The U.S. was just getting its draft machinery going again, after 17 months in dead storage. So far, few draftees had actually been inducted: men called up for examination got three weeks before reporting for service. Not until mid-September would sizable numbers of men (mostly at the top age of...

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