Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Draft? Please discuss.

Some commenters have expressed opinions whether the U.S. should begin military conscription (the draft).

This blog has not taken a position on the war. We do, however, comment on others' positions favoring the war, to the extent that they relate to our topic: the responsibility of those eligible to serve who support the war to Man Up!

It's similar with the draft. If our national civilian political leadership first calls upon real Americans to volunteer for military service in the Global War on Terror, even if they plan other careers later in life, then we don't need a draft.

One would think that our great country could produce well over 80,000 healthy heterosexuals 41-or-under, mostly men in their twenties, if we were really at war.

And one would also think that our great country could produce additional healthy non-heterosexuals 41-or-under who would be well qualified to serve, provided that our national civilian political leadership found the political courage within themselves to get rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

However, comments are welcome. Thank you.

4 Comments:

At 24 October, 2007 19:37, Blogger Icarus said...

We really need a draft if we really need to have this war in Iraq.

 
At 25 October, 2007 08:45, Blogger Karl said...

Ergo, if we don't "really need a draft," and/or won't have one, then do we "really need to have this war in Iraq"?

Each American will have to answer this question individually.

But the overall answer seems clear.

 
At 27 October, 2007 10:18, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I we had a draft we would not be in this war.

 
At 27 October, 2007 13:15, Blogger Karl said...

anonymous (27 October, 2007 10:18)-

If we had a draft we would not be in this war.

No disagreement with that, with emphasis on "this."

If the influential citizens of this country were really participating in military service, or at risk of conscription to do so, how we were waging the War in Iraq would be quite different from the status quo.

Right now, nobody important, with influence in Washington, really cares, because they don't have to. They don't know anyone wearing the uniform, their spouses/equivalents aren't giving them an earful - because they don't, either - and it's much easier to sit back and depend on official sources of information than try to figure out what's really going on.

Even Hillary couldn't be bothered to spend an hour or so reading the official intelligence estimate on Iraq and WMD before voting to go to war. [And that's exactly what she did; don't believe her claims that she was only trying to support diplomacy.]

If Chelsea Clinton were en route to wearing the uniform, Hillary definitely would have done her homework.

 

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