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Should women register for the draft? That's the wrong question to ask about our military.

Should women register for the draft? That's the wrong question to ask about our military.

Should the United States require women to register for the draft? The chief of staff of the U.S. Army and the commandant of the Marine Corps think so. As a result, presidential candidates are weighing in on this suddenly pressing issue. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio are all for it. Ted Cruz derides the very idea as "nuts" and "immoral." Hillary Clinton is not so sure. As for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, an anxious nation awaits their judgment.

A tempest in a canteen cup, to be sure. Yet it provides a classic illustration of how presidential campaigns trivialize American politics, with manufactured controversies distracting attention from genuinely...

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