Jason Steck said,
August 18, 2007 at 5:08 am: http://themoderatevoice.com/war/14621/mike-gravel-and-the-end-of-the-draft/
For the last several months, I have been writing a dissertation chapter on the end of the draft. I have not seen any reference to any role played by Gravel in the process. He does not even appear in the indexes of either of two comprehensive accounts of the legislative process that led to the end of the draft. And there is no record of a “one-man filibuster” playing a role in the end of the draft either. In fact, it was a story of remarkable legislative coalition-building initiated by President Nixon in fulfillment of a major campaign promise. The major legislative players were names like Stennis, Kennedy, and (!!) Rumsfeld. No Gravel. When combined with taking credit for the Pentagon Papers also, I’m wondering if this isn’t an “Al Gore moment” with Gravel exaggerating his role. I’m about to read a book on the Pentagon Papers and I will be interested to see what role, if any, Gravel really played. Even the intro of the Democracy Now forum puts him in a pretty passive role, though, saying only that he was an intermediary in the release. If I run across information which changes this, I’ll gladly update this thread with it.