Defense Demurs

Hoots for a drug plan

For a number of Congressmen, the term drug war is not to be taken lightly. As the House argued over its bill on drug abuse two weeks ago, several lawmakers employed the rhetoric of war in discussing the nation's fight against narcotics. Republican E. Clay Shaw of Florida called drugs "the biggest threat that we have ever had to our national security." South Carolina Republican Thomas Hartnett declared them "a threat worse than any nuclear warfare or any chemical warfare waged on any battlefield."

In its zeal to win this confrontation, the House approved a provision requiring the President to deploy,...

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