No, wait! That's not what he wrote, at all. And then the newsprint versions which had not yet been printed and distributed were changed and the on-line version of the column was yanked and replaced, with this explanation:
Editors' NoteLiberal media? What liberal media?
The Op-Ed page in some copies of Wednesday's newspaper carried an incorrect version of the below article about military recruitment. The article also briefly appeared on NYTimes.com before it was removed. The writer, an Army reserve officer, did not say, "Imagine my surprise the other day when I received orders to report to Fort Campbell, Ky., next Sunday," nor did he characterize his recent call-up to active duty as the precursor to a "surprise tour of Iraq." That language was added by an editor and was to have been removed before the article was published. Because of a production error, it was not. The Times regrets the error. A corrected version of the article appears below.
And this is really an unfortunate situation for Mr. Carter because his column bears reading. In it, he asks the president to begin making recruiting speeches to help the Army and Marine recruiters who are struggling to maintain recruiting levels where they need to be.
It’s time to call in the heavy artillery: the president of the United States.A well written and reasonable opinion which will, unfortunately, get lost in the mud slinging over an incompetent and biased editor.
And he could broaden his message beyond just military service by calling for young Americans to serve in all areas where their country needs them, from front lines of homeland security to those of inner-city education.
Tom Maguire - production snafu?
Intel Dump - A call to arms.
Kevin Drum - Says that it's STILL not right - Carter volunteered!