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I particularly condemn the way our political leaders supplied the manpower for [the Vietnam War]. The policies -- determining who would be drafted and who would be deferred, who would serve and who would escape, who would die and who would live -- were an antidemocratic disgrace. I can never forgive a leadership that said, in effect: These young men -- poorer, less educated, less privileged -- are expendable (someone described them as "economic cannon fodder"), but the rest are too good to risk. I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well placed... managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units. Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their country.
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Who is Colin Powell? I'll take Kitchen Appliances for $1000, Alex.

Wow! You should be on a game show or something. :-)

From his 1995 memoir My American Journey. Can't wait for My American Journey II.

Interesting, isn't it, that Powell directs his anger at the ruling establishment, and not at their offspring who were the perceived beneficiaries of the policy.

-dk

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