ARMED FORCES: Where's Abe?

When President Nixon nominated General Creighton Abrams to take over as Army Chief of Staff, military experts praised Nixon's choice and predicted that Abrams would win quick Senate approval and get on with the job. At 57, after a long and distinguished Army career, Abrams might normally have had the post almost by acclamation. But now, his appointment may have run afoul of election-year politics.

The snag came after Air Force General John Lavelle admitted to the House Armed Services Committee that he ordered the falsification of records of unauthorized bombing missions while under Abrams' command in Viet Nam. Lavelle...

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