Friday, August 10, 2007

Return of the draft?

So Bush's "war czar," Lt. Gen Richard Lute, thinks it's worthwhile to think about bringing back conscription? It's a sign of desperation. The military is stretched thin because the administration has taken on too many overseas missions, including missions the military wasn't trained to handle. We should be talking about reducing overseas commitments (they could maybe have handled the"surge" better by transferring people from Germany, Sought Korea, Okinawa, etc) rather than subjecting young people to slavery and the decision to kill or be killed on behalf of the delusions of old men.

I still don't think it will happen. Somebody will remember that one of the reasons the protests against the Vietnam war were so large and effective was that just about every young man faced the prospect of the draft. When Richard Nixon ended the draft the protests petered out asnd it was considered a brilliant stroke.

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