Carter in Action

Von Dreele, W.H.
February 1977
National Review;2/18/1977, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p193
The article discusses U.S. President Jimmy Carter's activities and plans for the United States. It is reported that Carter's campaign pledge of pardon for Vietnam draft evaders arose out of specific and pressing political requirements. To win the nomination, Carter defeated the principal candidates of the Democratic Left. The Vietnam pardon acted as device to reconcile this defeated but troublesome group to an unwelcome candidacy. Carter attempted to limit the moral significance of the pardon, stressing merely a desire to wipe the slate clean, but, it is claimed that, pardon is and will be understood to be part of the debate about the war itself.


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