ARMED FORCES: The Lavelle Case

Rules have been our way of life out there. If I or any other commander picks and chooses among the rules, it will unravel in a way that you will never be able to control. A lot of these rules looked silly to many of the men. In a military, in a purely military sense, they appear silly, but they must be—if you are going to hold it together—they must be followed.

So testified General Creighton Abrams last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which was examining behind closed doors the campaign against Hanoi carried on for a time...

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