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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions 4 J tteraldZeitung Claude Publisher George Editor Jack Anderson Abscam victims need friends in House The ABSCAM which will resume shortly after Election have already established the FBIs phony Arab caper as the and most scandal in Two members of Michael and John already been Four others have been indicted and are awaiting In ad another congressman and a senator have been implicated in the ABSCAM but not The evidence provided by hidden FBI cameras proved persuasive to the first two ABSCAM Whether the FBIs debatable tactics will stand up on appeal remains to be But while their courtroom fate is in the hands of judges and there is one arena where welltended friendships can be vital to congressmen caught in the FBIs despite their soiled they manage to win it is their House colleagues who will decide whether they shall be allowed to retain their seats in the event of con Myers couldnt persuade his fellow representatives to let him stay in the House during the appeal process he may make out better if his constituents vote to send him back next another Pennsylvania Raymond may already have offended some of the colleagues whose support hell need if his ABSCAM trial turns out badly next Lederers case is not as blatant as but the videotape evidence is still The stillsecret tapes show Lederer accepting from un dercover agents after promising to help their fictitious Arab client with his supposed immigration Im no Boy Lederer quipped to the Gmen as he took the The indictment charges that Lederer later split the money with a a Philadelphia city councilman and the mayor of keeping at least for his The congressman listed the sum on his financial disclosure form as a consulting Last Lederers attorney had subpoenas issued for 14 members of Congress to testify at the upcoming But according to reliable the process server assigned to distribute the summonses not carried away by the spirit of ABSCAM and conducted his own modest The process sewer showed up at the office of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter claiming to be a relative of Out of courtesy to a colleges Rodino came out of his office to meet the and was slapped with a subpoena in Rodino was reportedly furious at this uncalledfor and let Lederer know I am did several other congressmen who were served in the same sneaky af most of the subpoenas were Lederer acknowledged to my associate Gary Cohn that his attorney had subpoenaed several House mem bers to testify as defense but insisted they were all served in a straightforward Sitting ducks Earlier this month I reported that unarmed American reconnaissance planes have been menaced at least seven times in recent months by triggerhappy Libyan jet pilots in international air space over the Now Ive learned that Air Force commanders on the scene have been trying to convince the Pentagon brass so the lives of American airmen are being risked needlessly on these RC135 The operational commanders contend that theres no reason to risk a shootout in the 200mile air space claimed by Libyan dictator Muammar The intelligence information they point could be adequately and by submarines and highflying supersonic spy But the swivelchair generals have turned a deaf ear to these common sense the commanders who assign the RC135 missions consider them so dangerous that they avoid putting married men in the 14man crews whenever Dont make A supervisor in the Geological Surveys conservation division was hit with a discrimination which was upheld by the Equal Employment Opportunities Not to his bosses told the finding wouldnt hurt his But the supervisor thought he had been accused and filed a Thats when his troubles He was told he would get no more and was given menial tasks to he pursued his counter1 complaint and filed six grievance agency higherups rescinded their promised him a chance at promotion and even offered a letter of only hed withdraw his He and the he Expertise pays Some retired federal poohbahs dont fade away they become Like officially designated experts take on special jobs that civil servants supposedly cant Thomas Williams for retired recently as the En vironmental Protection Agencys chief Now hes back in his old getting a day doing parttime what he use to do fulltime as a civil Its supposed to be but there are no plans to replace Mailbag Signs destroyed Dear Editor Like Lidja who ably analyzed Carters record in a recent contribution to the I too am and Among the several political placards neatly displayed in my the one in support of Reagan and Bush was removed from the wooden stake and reduced to small pieces during the This cowardly act of vandalism not only involves trespassing on my but it also violates my rights as an American right to freedom of 1 consider the placement of these placards in my yard as one means of voicing my support for these These acts of destruction on private property have occurred frequently in Comal County during the past few They should incense every decent and lawabiding as much as they have The runaway inflation which is every Americans heritage from the Carter administration mav not leave those who would still support these men enough money to print and display signs of their But this does not give them the right to trespass on the property of others who have been more provident in behalf of their political I would admonish those who would support the Carter administration and those who remain undecided at this point to consider the caliber of those who perpetrate these acts of vandalism and assess their effectiveness as political Mary Louise Koch Peters cartoon Dear Sir I feel the article against the Moral Majority with the awful picture of Jesus on it was in poor I am ashamed that someone would show such disrespect to the I hope New Braunfels will never have an article like this printed Amy Barry A political bestiary The Syndrome Syndromes are like mice and They are able to live in any environment habitable by manbelow sea level or at high in arid land or in moist and rainy in cold or or space ships or New York City Some Syndromes arc distinguished by moods the Optimistic Syn drome and the Pessimistic Others arc distinguished by the place in which they are Two Syndromes have been noted in the White Oval Office which seems to survive changes of and the Situation Room which President Carter brought uith him from his submarine Whereas the Oval Office Syndrome is reasonably quiet and unex the Situation Room Syndrome is noisy and although not as agitated as the Crisis which is not unknown to the White The Syndrome is a relatively simple If broken up it is likely to regenerate quickly into another Thus a quiet Oval Office Syndrome can become a Situation Room Syndrome and even a Crisis Both hardshelled and softshelled Syndromes have been These interesting crustaceans are like alligators they have brains that arc than their cranial if a Syndrome becomes the best thing to do is to flip it on its causing the brain to strike the top of the cranial knocking out the While the Syndrome is temporarily the person being by it can either escape or look for a friendlier MeNYOUSAlDA MCCAKWY OU6HT John Lofton Military readiness despite reports to contrary Fium A POUIIlJAl blbllAlO Li ILM uc i b I k Avun Kilputuck tn ij k A I I IK pjpel For some strange every time 1 hear Jimmy Carter or one of his top aides telling us about what terrific shape our armed forces are 1 think of the ABC Wide World of Sports promotional ail showing that poor wretch carwheeling off the end of a ski In recent Carter has sul that this country can meet every challenge put before The presidents deputy assistant for national security David says our defense posture is Defense Secretars Harold Brown told a Texas Audience that our forces are ready to go to need beand we are in creasingly able to sustain our forces in not to be Secretary of State Kdmund Muskie sanl in a speech at Notre Dame that plamK any notion that we are neglecting oui defense posture is Notre for those who may have is the place three years President Carter patted the country on the back for having over come its inordinate fear ot roin Muskie is almost What is absurd is any notion that are NoT neglecting our defense In it is almost impossible to pick up the daily paper or watch TV and not read i hear about another report further evidence of the decline state ot our millUiiA preparedness efforts to cover up this sorry and dangerous Here is a random sampling of such reports early in open testimony before a House Armed Services sub Army Chief of Staff Meyer declared We have a hollow Army right I dont believe the current budget responds to the Armys needs for the When asked if the Carter defense budget was Marine Corps Commandant Robert Barrows said In a Air Force Chief of Staff Lewis Allen said Increased defense spending is required to meet the increased speaking for the chief of naval James Watkins ob served that the 1981 Carter Pentagon budget fell short of Navy Jin Yuri ran a massive sevenpart series examining Americas military The not exactly a Reaganforpresident house editorialized that what their articles revealed was that even with defense budgets now passing billion a large parts of the armed forces are not ready to And those that are ready lack what is needed to fight very If the war in the Persian Gulf required Americans to the Pentagon would plead that it Said the technicians and weapons specialists are in short supply in vir tually all the Planes are grounded for lack of Ships are The Army even lacks the caliber ammo it needs to familiarize trainees with machine Six of ten combat divisions that the Army keeps in the were not ready for combat last A maybe of the Air Forces tactical aircraft are not mission capable on any huge 640page study by senior Library of Congress defense specialist John titled Military Balance Concepts and Capabilities has concluded that the present military force is too small to meet all the worldwide commitments that are officially con sidered vital 10 Collins analysis also found that although the United States has a technological il has not used this capability to maintain a qualitative edge in weaponry over the its annual survey of world military the highly respected London International Institute for Strategic Studies reports that the Suvict Union and its satellites have seized a commanding lead over the United States and its allies in both nuclear and conventional The institue says Not until NATO begins to deploy new longrange missile systems in about 198384 can any substantial in crease in its capability be to a confidential fleet readiness report dated the middle of last only six of the Navys 13 aircraft carriers were rated Concerning the readiness of sub Navy Undersecretary Robert Murray has told a Senate subcommittee that the situation is of enormous concern and a crisis is upon Commenting on the Navys failure to meet its enlisted or officer manning the Navys director of military personnel and Rear James notes We cant afford to have the sub marines manned at less than their wartime requirement because we have to assure that they are going to be combatready for an immediate problem and for sustained combat Considering all of it comes as no surprise that Defense Secretary according to an interal Army has ordered the Army to stop being so negative and to revise the way its readiness statistics are presented so the results are more Nice But juggling the statistics wont solve what ails us There simply is no substitute for doing what is and that is spending a lot more money on
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