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Old words mirror new Kerry flap

Published November 3, 2006


WASHINGTON - During a run for Congress three decades ago, John Kerry said he opposed a volunteer Army because it would be dominated by the underprivileged, be less accountable and more prone to "the perpetuation of war crimes."

Kerry made the claims on a 1972 candidate questionnaire from a peace group.

Kerry caused a firestorm this week with comments many felt insulted current soldiers. Kerry apologized Wednesday for the recent comments, which suggested U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq were undereducated

But in 1972, he wrote: "I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply 'doing its job.' "

[Last modified November 3, 2006, 02:06:30]

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