Quote From Colin Powell

“I particularly condemn the way our political leaders supplied the manpower for that war (Vietnam). 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 anti-democratic 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 professional athletes (who were probably healthier than any of us) managed to wrangle 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.”

– Colin Powell
April 5, 1937 – present
1995, page 144, ISBN 0-345-40728-8

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