This began as a story about the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) “Truth in Recruiting” campaign. But by the end, it seemed more like a story about whether or not we can still talk with each other in this country.In the early morning chill of September 17, on the plaza in front of Union Station, members of IVAW set out literature and donuts on a card table and waited for the young International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition activists to arrive. After a briefing, four-person teams left for various military recruiting offices and the campaign was underway. In addition to handing flyers to people walking into recruiting offices, the effort includes “Befriend a Recruiter,” a tactic intended to waste as much of a recruiter’s time as possible by talking with youth who have no intention of joining the military.

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