The Draft: Anything But Bingo

"With all the hell I get," avers Lieut. General Lewis Blaine Hershey, "I have less power than most anybody else." A lot of draft-age Americans would be happier if that were so. In fact, the crusty Selective Service director in recent weeks has fought the U.S. Justice Department, the White House, and a large segment of Congress, the press, the academic world and the public to a standstill. For a man of 74 who is functionally blind,*Hershey seems as invulnerable as he is intractable.

Draconian Draftsmanship. The casus belli was posed by Hershey's...

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