After waiting much too long, the Army last week laid out chapter and verse in the case of Major Irving Peress. The chronology clearly showed that 1) the Army "discovered" Peress and started him on the way out long before Joe McCarthy roared into the picture. 2) the seemingly strange aspects of the case followed a familiar, tangled pattern of Army red tape.
The case's slow march through the maze of service "procedures":
Oct. 15, 1952. Peress, a New York City dentist, was commissioned as an Army Reserve captain under the doctors' draft law.
Oct. 28. Following the usual routine, Peress...