Nation: Sign-Up, but No Call-Up

Three weeks ago, at a White House breakfast with foreign policy experts, Jimmy Carter asked his guests whether they thought young Americans should once again be required to register for the draft—though not necessarily be drafted. To Carter's surprise, practically everybody at the table, from George Ball to Eugene Rostow, said yes. Until then, the President had opposed a resumption of registration, but he found himself swayed by the arguments of his breakfast colleagues. As he worked on his State of the Union address at Camp David, Carter decided to include an announcement...

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