Air Force Times has a piece on Bush’s National Guard situation (in what they refer to as a “champagne unit”), including an interesting quote from Colin Powell’s 1995 book, “My American Journey”.
“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,” Powell wrote. “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.”
Would he write those same words today?